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The Essential Guide Magazine > Events > The North West gears up for the world’s largest children’s Christmas project.

The North West gears up for the world’s largest children’s Christmas project.

Thousands of people across the North West will today begin to lovingly pack shoebox gifts for a child in need, as Samaritan’s Purse launches its 2017 Operation Christmas Child campaign.

Ian Taylor continued, “Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of churches, businesses, schools and individuals around the UK who come together to make a difference in these children’s lives”.

Boy-kissing-shoebox-for-webSince 1993 Operation Christmas Child has delivered shoeboxes to more than 146 million children in over 160 countries. Shoebox gifts are handed in at collection points across the UK and then sent globally to local churches, empowering them to reach and support precious children in their communities.

Samaritan’s Purse provides a handy guide on its website to what to pack in your shoebox this year. Gift suggestions include toys, school supplies, clothing and hygiene items. The simplest gifts can have the largest impact.

Olesea received a shoebox gift as a child in Moldova. She explained the impact of simple coloured pens.

“We sat on the living room floor and took turns opening our shoeboxes. I dumped my whole box on the floor so I could see everything at once. The gifts were wonderful.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the colourful markers. There were colours I didn’t know existed. I always wished I could colour and draw, the markers were exactly what I wanted”.

Regional Manager Ian Taylor wants the North West to show its true colours this Christmas.

“I know that the North West is an incredibly generous place to live! Thousands of people across the area faithfully pack shoebox gifts every year. If you are one of these people then we’re asking you to let us, and the world, know. Hop over to social media and share your story using #Ipackshoeboxes”.

You can start packing your shoebox today, with special decorative flatpack pre-printed boxes and free resources available online at  Or we have provided some of the downloadable information below. shoeboxgirls

The Team at EG HQ are packing shoeboxes for this great cause, and we’d like you to help us.

Take a look the Essential Guide website to find out more information. Shoeboxes can be brought to the Essential Guide Office in Culcheth no later than Thursday 16th November.

If you need more information please email


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