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A Box Full of Joy
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 15, 2016: A Boxful of Joy!
Make a Child’s Christmas Special
The churches in Okehampton Deanery have decided this year to support Operation Christmas Child as their Deanery charity. Run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child asks people to fill shoeboxes with suitable gifts for children aged 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years, which they then deliver to needy children around the world at Christmas to show them God’s love in a visible way. Each child receives their shoebox as an unconditional gift of love, based on need, regardless of their background or religion. Last year 900,008 shoeboxes were sent from the UK to 14 different countries, whilst globally 11,213,010 shoeboxes were sent to children in over 100 countries.
We will be packing shoeboxes at Doodlebugs in Northlew on Sat. 24th Sept., at Messy Meeth Monkeys in Meeth, and at Jammie Dodgers in Exbourne on Sat. 8th Oct., and at Hatherleigh Big Story After-School Club on Mon. 31st Oct. in order to deliver our shoeboxes to our local collection centre at the beginning of November. All helpers (whatever age) are welcome to join in these events.
We would be grateful for donations of shoeboxes, and items to include in the shoeboxes. We will be concentrating on the 2-4 and 5-9 age groups. Details of suitable (and unsuitable) items are available at www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/occ or from Rev. Ruth Hansford (Tel: 01837 810 314).
If you, your family, or your group would like to do your own shoebox, please ensure that they are finished for the beginning of November. They can either be delivered to Rev. Ruth Hansford (The Rectory, Hatherleigh EX20 3JY) or to our local collection centre (details to follow in the October Pump). Thank you for your support!

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