Operation Christmas Child – It’s Shoebox Time!


As many of you will be aware, it has become a very important annual tradition for MHM to support ‘Operation Christmas Child’ and we’d really love all of our services to get involved again this year in this truly worthwhile cause!

For any new employees and / or those of you who don’t know what Operation Christmas Child is, it’s often referred to as the ‘shoebox appeal’ and basically involves you filling a standard shoebox with gifts and treats which will then be distributed to underprivileged children living in Africa, Eastern Europe or Central Asia; who are otherwise unlikely to receive any gifts at Christmas time. In addition, this year the organisers of the shoebox appeal are hoping to send thousands of extra Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to refugees from Syria in existing camps in Northern Iraq and across Europe.

The appeal is run by an organisation called The Samaritan’s Purse. If you want more info, please click here to be directed to the website.

What do you have to do?

1. Find a ‘medium’ empty shoebox


2. Separately wrap the lid and box with Christmas wrapping paper (before filling it)

3. Decide if your box is for a Girl or Boy (or you might like to do one for each) and also which age range (2-4, 5-9, 10-14) – print off a label (download here), tick the appropriate age box and stick the label on the outside of the lid (top right).


4. Fill your box with age appropriate NEW gifts from this list.

Where to Take Your Shoe Boxes?

5.For services in the North East, you can bring your boxes into Avalon House (with a £3 donation per box) by Friday the 13th November. They will then be dropped off at a local collection point.

For many of our services outside of the North East, we realise that this would be a little tricky, however there are local collection points throughout the country which can be found here.

Let us know how many boxes you have managed to collect

6. We would love to collect and donate as many boxes as possible and will be running a news story about our involvement in this appeal on our website in time for Christmas. So with that in mind, please keep track of how many boxes your service managed to collect and donate and we will be in touch before we run the news article.

The team at Avalon are collecting boxes in lieu of sending Christmas Cards to each other. Your services could do the same – so as well as giving a wonderful Christmas gift to children who will otherwise not receive anything, you’d be also doing your bit for the environment!

Many thanks in anticipation of your support,

Sonia McGough
Head of Quality and Performance