Operation Christmas Child 2015

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undefinedChristian responses to humanitarian relief are in sharp focus at the moment mainly because of the refugee crisis in Europe. But it's also the time of year to start packing Christmas gift boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) for those children who are experiencing hard times around the world.

One local centre for the distribution of the gift-filled shoe boxes is just over the border on the edge of our diocese – in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Mottram man Martyn Catterall is a volunteer for OCC, and he is urging parishes in our diocese to get assembling gift boxes.

The types of gifts to put inside the boxes for the youngsters include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, flannels, cuddly toys, boiled sweets, games for boys, and games for girls. The children who receive the boxes each Christmas live in parts of the world affected by war, civil strife, poverty and disease.

For more information visit operation-christmas-child or ring Martin on 07896 106838. It’s a project of the charity Samaritan’s Purse.   

Among our parishes which each year support OCC are: St Michael’s, Mottrram, which has close links with Mottram Evangelical Church where Martin Catterall is a member; and St Mary’s, Partington and Carrington.