Christmas miracles come to Zim

child_with_chritmas_presentHARARE This Christmas is the first holiday season that UK-based Operation Christmas Child has sent gift-filled shoeboxes to children in Zimbabwe. (Pictured: Exited poor children receive Xmas hampers)

Operation Christmas Child is the UK’s largest children’s Christmas appeal and has been running for over 19 years, but this is the first year they will be sending gifts to children in Zimbabwe. They work with local churches and charities within countries of need to ensure that the shoeboxes get delivered by hand to children who need them the most.

We work with churches, schools, orphanages and other non-governmental organisations to identify some of the neediest children in a given country to receive these shoeboxes. These local partners then arrange distributions, where they will hand out the shoeboxes to the children they have identified, said a representative from the organisation.

One of the schools in the UK that has been working specifically to put together boxes for Zimbabwean children is Nursling Primary School in Southampton.

Pupils there have filled 141 shoeboxes so far and the school had a record response from its 200 pupils.

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