Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Operation Christmas Child

Christmas will soon be upon us and we all know that means over indulgence, presents, parties and of course Christmas dinner being eaten by millions. I love Christmas, it's my favourite holiday by far as it's always been so magical for me, even now at 23. It's like a ray of sun that breaks up the dead of winter. The thought of winter without Christmas is something that's making me shudder just trying to imagine. After the leaves of autumn have fallen around us and the frost starts bitting at my fingers what keeps me going is the thought of making the Christmas cake with my mum, picking out the tree, decorating it and watching the fairy lights blink and sparkle while I dig into a massive tin of quality streets. Wrapping presents while I watch a rubbish Christmas film on the pop up Channel Xmas 24.
For some people they can only dream of such things. There are children in this world including the uk, that wake up on Christmas morning without a tree or presents or even parents for that matter. Children who have had a hard short life through no fault of their own. There is a way to help some of those children to have Christmas cheer (and boost your karma) and it all starts with a simple shoe box. 

The Operation Christmas Child is run by the Samaritans Purse charity, they collect shoe boxes full of toys, sweets, school and hygiene supplies from the general pupic and distribute them around the world to less fortunate children. For the last 2 years I have been donating shoe boxes. I thought maybe in the spirit of Christmas whether you are religious or not ( I don't really know where I stand on that matter) you might find it fun to help out too. Normally I have only made up one box at a time but this year seeing as I bought most of the girls things in the January sale I thought I would attempt a box for a boy too. 
These are the boxes I wrapped and what I put in them.




 All gifts came from; Accessorize, Boots, Bentalls, The works, Primark, Waitrose, Tescos, Paperchase and sainsburys. ( could be all done from one or two shops!)

Now that I have wraped and filled the boxes with my gifts I will drop them off at my local collection point. Seriously wish I didn't have to say goodbye to the beautiful wolf! All the information on creating shoe box gifts can be found HERE. There is still time to make your own if you feel like it, the drop off deadline is the 18th November. 

Emma Xx


  1. wow is a beautiful detail to other children, and a great idea too!

  2. I've been wanting to do this, its honestly one of the best ways to help those in need and its so much fun making them! You've definitely inspired me x


  3. This this is such an awesome idea, it will really make somebody's day!



  4. After seeing this post I've been manically ransacking the house to make one! Great idea for a post. Thanks
    for the idea.

    Em xx