Christmas Shoeboxes

There are TWO opportunities to contribute to Christmas shoebox appeals this year, despite the impact of Covid-19!

Please feel free to choose whichever option you prefer.

Christian Response to Eastern Europe

CREE is based in Woodbury, near Exeter and is a Christian based charity seeking to show love and care to those in Eastern Europe who are less fortunate than ourselves. The objects of the charity are to provide relief to disadvantaged and vulnerable people living in Eastern Europe through the support of donations received from individuals and organisations in this country. Shoeboxes donated will be going to children in Moldova. Local arrangements: please contact Hilary Corlett on 01626 774772 or Liz Fuell on 01626 879777 in Bishopsteignton. If you live elsewhere and would like to give a shoebox to CREE please visit their website for details.

Some ideas for CREE shoeboxes:

Hats, Underwear, Hairbrush, Calculator, Paint boxes Pencils , Gloves Tee Shirts Toothbrush, Soap/Shower Gel, cheap Watch, Crayons, Exercise books, Socks/Tights, Cuddly Toy Shampoo, Deodorant, Jigsaw Puzzles, Biscuits, Colouring Books, Calculator For Girls: Dresses, Tights, Dolls, Friendship bracelets, Beads, Jewellery, Glow Sticks, Hair Clips and slides, Lip Gloss, Purse, Jewellery For Boys: Lego bricks, Toy Cars, Wallet, Torch, Glow Sticks, Torch, Magnifying glass.

No toy guns, swords or playing cards (often associated with gambling). Wrap in Christmas or coloured paper and clearly label the box ‘Boy’ or ‘Girl’ with approx. age. 



Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christian Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and development organisation working through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Empty shoeboxes for 'Operation Christmas Child' and the associated leaflets will be available as set out below. Filled boxes must be returned on Sunday 1st or Sunday 8th November (please note different dates this year).

Recommendations for box content and other information may be found on the Operation Christmas Child website.

More details are available from the parish representatives:

  • St Michael's
    Marion Delaney (01626 879167)
    Boxes available in St Michaels from 11 October

  • St James'
    Anne Harding (01626 879308)
    Boxes now available and can be provided on request

In your box for Operation Christmas Child, please DO NOT INCLUDE: used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; sweets; chocolate or food items; toothpaste; lotions or liquids including bubbles; medicines; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; religious or political literature; sharp or fragile items; books with mainly words.


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