Ideas for Schools

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You can choose to make one shoebox per class with each child contributing a gift, or every child could fill a shoebox – whatever works best for your school.  Here are some ideas for how to take part:

  • Use OCC as an opportunity to learn about and pray for children of other cultures, languages and world religions.
  • Choose one of the destination countries to study. Research the customs, flag, geography and current events. Invite a member of the Operation Christmas Child team to give a presentation to your class.
  • Watch our OCC video about a school in Bedford that got involved in sending shoeboxes to children in the Ukraine and Liberia.
  • Download our Assembly Ideas and Schools Timeline sheet.
  • Download free resources to take part and get your school involved.
  • Download our colouring pages that your students can put in their shoeboxes to let the recipients know about the children who packed their gifts.
  • Write letters/Christmas cards to include in the shoeboxes.  It’s a great creative writing opportunity.
  • Make some simple crafts to include in the shoeboxes.  Go to our knitting & crafts page for ideas on what to make.
  • Download our Parent Teacher Guide for all you need to know about the programme, plus many other free resources.

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 click here.

Pat Sabin, former Headteacher at Firfield Primary School Derbyshire said this about the programme:

“Operation 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.”