For more information on Operation Chrismtas Child visit www.samaritanspurse.org or contact Carole Francis on 01953 789595.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a scheme run by the Christian relief and development agency Samaritan's Purse and supply supported by Carleton Rode All Saints Church.
The idea is that children (or indeed adults) pack a shoe box with gifts and useful items and the box is then wrapped and sent to underprivileged children worldwide.
Since the scheme started in 1990, more than 113 million children have received boxes in over 130 countries.
On arriving in their destinations, boxes are distributed by local churches – often in disaster or war zones and the OCC website gives Syrian refugees as an example of recipients at the moment.
If you would like to help in any way contact Carole Francis on