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Shoeboxes for Nigeria

There’s one more addition to the things that we can send and that’s a Christmas present for the children. You may know of Operation Christmas Child, where you can fill an empty shoebox with several small gifts for a child and wrap it up nicely. We would like to do the same for the children in Jos and in Abuja. This will probably be the only Christmas gift that they will get!

How to pack a shoebox?

Step 1 – Get an empty medium sized shoebox, preferably one with a separate lid. Wrap the box and lid separately (so that the box can still be opened) in colourful wrapping paper. Attach a label with ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ and the appropriate age category 5-10, 11-16 or 17+ to the top of your shoebox.

Step 2 – Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. If possible, include one or two special items you know a child will love such as a cuddly toy or a deflated football with pump.

Step 3 – Place a rubber band around your shoebox.

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What goes in my shoe box?

A “Wow” item:
a toy that a child will immediately love as soon as they open the box, such as a stuffed toy (with CE label), a deflated football & pump, a toy truck, a doll, a yo-yo, a skipping rope, a small puzzle, a musical instrument such as a harmonica etc.

School supplies:
exercise books, pencil cases, pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.

Hygiene items:
a toothbrush (with case) and toothpaste, a bar of wrapped soap, a comb or hairbrush, a flannel etc.

Other items:
* general: socks, a hat/cap/beanie, wrapped sweets (best-before-date at least March next year)
* boys: a whistle, a tire repair kit, a wind up torch
* girls: crochet needles and wool, beading material for making jewellery, a scarf, earrings or a necklace, hair accessories

A personal note or a photo of you or your family.

DO NOT INCLUDE

Used or damaged items; war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; stuffed toys that are hand-made or knitted; anything of a political or racial nature; sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; clothing other than listed above.

Gift suggestions for girls 5-10 years

Toys
• Stuffed animal or toy (not home-made)
• Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
• Small foam football or tennis ball
• Finger puppets
• Slinky
• Etch A Sketch
• Skipping rope
• Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)
• Small puzzles
• Costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewellery
• Plastic toys and toy figures
• Yo-yo
• Small Frisbee
• Small kite

Hygiene Items
• Comb
• Hairbrush
• Toothbrush (with case) & Toothpaste
• Flannel
• Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
• Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space)
• Solar powered torch
• Compact mirror

School Supplies
• Exercise books
• Pens
• Pencils
• Small manual pencil sharpener
• Ruler
• Eraser
• Coloured pencils
• Pencil case
• Crayons
• Felt pens
• Colouring pads
• Colouring books
• Picture book
• Notebooks
• Small adhesive tape
• Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
• Chalkboard and chalk
• Pre-inked Stampers
• Beading material for making jewellery

Other
• Hat/cap/beanie
• Scarf
• Socks
• Small bag/purse
• Hair bows or clips
• Earrings/necklace
• Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)
• Make-it-yourself craft items or kit
• A personal note and photo

Gift suggestions for boys 5-10 years

Toys
• Stuffed animal or toy (not home-made)
• Toy Truck/Boat
• Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
• Small foam football or tennis ball
• Deflated football with small pump
• Finger puppets
• Slinky
• Etch A Sketch
• Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries)
• Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)
• Plastic tools
• Building Blocks

Hygiene Items
• Comb
• Hairbrush
• Toothbrush (with case) & Toothpaste
• Flannel
• Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
• Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Fill an empty container with non-liquid items such as sunglasses or flannel to make use of the space)

School Supplies
• Exercise books
• Pens
• Pencils
• Small manual pencil sharpener
• Ruler
• Eraser
• Coloured pencils
• Pencil case
• Crayons
• Felt pens
• Colouring pads
• Colouring books
• Picture book
• Notebooks
• Small adhesive tape
• Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
• Pre-inked Stampers

Other
• Hat/cap/beanie
• Socks
• Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag
• Baseball cap
• Whistle
• Tyre repair kit
• A personal note and photo

Gift suggestions for girls 11-16 years

Toys
• Stuffed animal or toy (not home-made)
• Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
• Small foam football or tennis ball
• Finger puppets
• Slinky
• Etch A Sketch
• Skipping rope
• Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)
• Small puzzles
• Yo-yo
• Small Frisbee
• Small kite

Hygiene Items
• Comb
• Hairbrush
• Toothbrush (with case) & Toothpaste
• Flannel
• Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
• Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space)
• Compact mirror
• Nail Clipper & file
• Stick deodorant

School Supplies
• Exercise books
• Pens
• Pencils
• Small manual pencil sharpener
• Ruler
• Eraser
• Coloured pencils
• Pencil case
• Crayons
• Felt pens
• Colouring pads
• Colouring books
• Picture book
• Notebooks
• Small adhesive tape
• Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
• Chalkboard and chalk
• Pre-inked Stampers
• Beading material for making jewellery

Other
• Hat/cap/beanie
• Scarf
• Socks
• Small bag/purse
• Hair bows or clips
• Earrings/necklace
• Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)
• Make-it-yourself craft items or kit
• Solar powered torch
• Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag
• Small Sewing kit & ribbon
• Laminated decorative pictures with looped ribbon attached as a picture hanger
• Colourful balls of string
• Crochet needles & wool
• A personal note and photo

Gift suggestions for boys 11-16 years

Toys
• Stuffed animal or toy (not home-made)
• Small cars
• Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)
• Small foam football or tennis ball
• Deflated football with small pump
• Dominoes
• Yoyo
• Slinky
• Etch A Sketch
• Puzzles
• Kaleidoscope
• Picture Snap cards
• Small Frisbee

Hygiene Items
• Comb
• Hairbrush
• Toothbrush (with case) & Toothpaste
• Flannel
• Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
• Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Fill an empty container with non-liquid items such as sunglasses or flannel to make use of the space)
• Solar powered or wind up torch
• Nail clippers
• Stick deodorant

School Supplies
• Exercise books
• Pens
• Pencils
• Small manual pencil sharpener
• Ruler
• Eraser
• Coloured pencils
• Pencil case
• Crayons
• Felt pens
• Colouring pads
• Colouring books
• Picture book
• Notebooks
• Small adhesive tape
• Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
• Blank index cards
• Solar-powered calculator
• Pre-inked Stampers

Other
• Hat/cap/beanie
• Socks
• Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag
• Baseball cap
• Whistle
• Tyre repair kit
• Magnets
• Compass
• Chalkboard & chalk
• Brightly coloured rope or twine
• A personal note and photo

Please bring your ready made shoebox to Trinity Church at the latest on 1 October or contact Luc De Coster on 07977 549438 or ludecos@gmail.com to arrange where to deliver it.

HELP for CHRISTIAN FAITH MINISTRIES, JOS, NIGERIA

CHRISTIAN FAITH MINISTRIES

Christian Faith Ministries in Jos in Northern Nigeria runs several projects:

  • a Bible school where over 1,000 pastors and missionaries have been trained
  • safehouses for ex-Muslims who are being persecuted for becoming a Christian
  • community development projects which have a huge effect on peace making
  • an emergency relief funds that has helped thousands of victims of terrorism and extreme poverty
  • children’s homes and schools for thousands of orphans of terrorism and poverty
  • a medical centre

CHRISTIAN FAITH MINISTRIES

They are also helping pastors in several other countries such as Egypt, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, etc..

It’s a massive project and the needs are enormous. Therefore we would like to fill up the container that will leave end of September (with material from Trinity School) with as much other material as possible. Click here for a ‘wish list’ (which is also on the notice boards at Trinity Church) – please have a look at it.

CHRISTIAN FAITH MINISTRIES

Please note that there’s now an addition to the original list because of the needs for the medical centre.

People can also contribute to the shipping costs of the container, for which there is no budget otherwise.

CHRISTIAN FAITH MINISTRIES

CFM would very much like to buy their own printing press, because over the next few years they will need to print thousands of extra school books, theological books, gospel tracts, etc. However the total investment for this machinery, even second hand, would be approximately £15,000 so it will take a miracle for this to happen, but maybe someone has the right contacts with people in the printing industry or knows someone who is willing to sponsor this hugely important project that will help reach many thousands of people.

On a smaller scale individuals can also help sending one or two or more children to school. The cost for the school material per year per child is £5.00, which is explained below and also on the notice boards at church.

The cost for the school material per year per child is £5.00

If you can help, please URGENTLY contact Luc De Coster (07977 549438 – ludecos@gmail.com ) as the goods need to leave from Brentwood by 29 September! (Any computers and other electrical items need to be in Brentwood sooner as they need to be tested and certified to be in good working order.)