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Churches among Norfolk's shoebox drop-off sites

From 11-18 November, certain stores, coffee shops and churches across Norfolk will become drop-off locations for shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in need overseas.

This November across Norfolk families, churches and organisations are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into parcels of hope filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The shoeboxes are part of the Operation Christmas Child project of Samaritan's Purse which partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. For many of these children it will be the first gift they have ever received.

Last year, Norfolk residents donated around 5,500 filled shoeboxes and it is hoped that even more will be collected this year contributing to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Drop off sites in the Norfolk area will be open and ready to receive shoeboxes from 11-18 November. Collection points include A-Plan Insurance and The Entertainer in Norwich, Brundall Coffee Shop, The Rectory in Hempnall, Diss Methodist Church and Thetford’s Cloverfield Church.  Other locations in the Norfolk area can be found here.
Trish Ellse, Samaritan’s Purse Regional Manager for the East of England and a member of Alive Church in Wymondham said: “I love being able to see the local community rally together for a global purpose. We see all ages getting involved – and more and more every year.”

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call Trish on 07525 814 920 or visit

Participants can donate £5 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” to cover project costs and resources for the churches receiving shoebox gifts and receive a tracking barcode to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Pictured above, Trish Ellse from Wymondham (centre) out in Bosnia helping to deliver the Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes to children.

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