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UK School children with shoeboxes

Operation Christmas Child enjoys the support of many UK schools that recognise its valuable contribution to pursuing the vision and values of their schools. It aligns not only with the curriculum for Religious Education, Geography, Citizenship and PSHE but also overarching frameworks like ‚ÄėFundamental British Values‚Äô.

Here are some ideas for how to take part:

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Why UK schools love packing shoebox gifts


Helen Cole, Principal of Ballykelly Primary School said:

“The benefits of supporting Samaritan‚Äôs Purse for the children here are enormous. It fits into the caring, supporting ethos of our school. It helps the children here to understand what life is like for children who are less fortunate than themselves. It gives them a sense of looking after, caring, and supporting others, and the children really love to do it!‚ÄĚ

Matthew, a member of the School Council at Ballykelly Primary school said:

“We really wanted to give to Operation Christmas Child this year because we wanted to give people less fortunate than us more opportunities‚ÄĚ

Matthew holding an OCC teddy

The Journey of a Shoebox

      • Download our Introduction Letter to Parents when you send home the How to Pack Leaflet, to tell parents all they need to know about the programme and why your school is getting involved.
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    • Pat Sabin, former Headteacher at Firfield Primary School Derbyshire said this about the programme:

‚ÄúOperation Christmas Child added a tremendous dimension to or school ethos. The beauty of the whole campaign is that you can link it into almost every aspect of the Curriculum. Parents, prospective parents and Ofsted were very impressed by the community perspective that Operation Christmas Child embraced.‚ÄĚ


Christmas Values Program

Invite a local volunteer to deliver our Four Lesson Program on Christmas Values that supports the work of OCC.

‘Christmas Values’ is a 4 lesson course designed in partnership with teachers and education trusts across the UK. It is a curriculum based program, designed around the Christmas story from the Bible. The lessons seek to share the real story of Christmas through a thematic program of values. While exploring these values of fairness, generosity, esteem and individuality, we hope to demonstrate the importance and impact of Operation Christmas Child, as well as other compassion based charities. These lessons help deliver the RE and SMSC curriculum, fundamental British values, as well as helping with literacy skills through writing and discussion. The course is targeted at Key Stage 2.

Sample resource:

Lesson 4 example

Register your interest as a school

Register your interest as a church to support a school

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