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Operation Christmas child shoebox appeal £3.00 @ Samaritans Purse

£3.00 @ Samaritans Purse
I thought I'd share this wonderful idea. How amazing would it feel to give a box full of goodies to a child who has nothing this Christmas? All you need to do do is wrap a shoebox, choose whether t…
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I thought I'd share this wonderful idea.

How amazing would it feel to give a box full of goodies to a child who has nothing this Christmas? All you need to do do is wrap a shoebox, choose whether to send yours to a girl or a boy and choose the age & donate £3 online to find out where yours ends up. you can fill the box with pretty much anything you think the child would love. There's a list of things that can't be sent on the site aswell as other information. my child is enjoying choosing bits to send in the shop. once it's filled you find your nearest drop off point and it's on its way. seeing the children's faces on those videos is amazing.

http://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child
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This isn't the samaritans. It is a truly vile right wing american organisation connected with the billy graham evangelical group.

Do your own googling to see the sort of people that you are dealing with and supporting in their intolerant bigotry.

I stopped my daughters school supporting this bunch, they now support a far more decent organisation. If your school is supporting it then ask how they square that with their policies on inclusiveness - especially if you have non-christian children in the school.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/nov/10/religion.society


Edited By: mas99 on Oct 24, 2016 21:23: .
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Please consider this as well. It's not just an organisation to give presents to children, but evangelical, what used to be called missionary work. "Gifts" in one hand and a Bible in the other. If that fits with what you want, by all means go ahead. There are alternative secular routes as well, however. Information here. https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-doing/good-causes-and-charities/samaritans-purse/
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It's a religious organisation - along with the boxes they send lots of evangelical Christian literature in an attempt to proselytise. Lots of anti gay stuff too. Secular Christmas box alternatives are here. Samaritans Purse alternatives
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Do a little research folks
this is NOT The Samaritans
Much better ways to give
https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-doing/good-causes-and-charities/samaritans-purse/
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Very hostile comments. If you don't like the idea of christian's helping others, just don't participate. Ridicule is not appreciated. If you ever end up homeless and hungry or fleeing war, perhaps you should first ask the religious persuasion of those who volunteer to provide unconditional help before you consider accepting their food or clothing or warm blanket and shelter. Thank you Louiseb88 for sharing this great opportunity.

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5 Likes #1
An excellent appeal - get packing folks!
#2
Link doesn't work
4 Likes #3
My son's school is doing this ! We've been shopping today to fill the shoe box and my son really enjoyed choosing things to put inside :) i think its a really lovely idea !
2 Likes #4
This is great,
I knew some of the schools did this but I didn't know that we can all fill a shoebox at home and drop it off to be sent away,
Thanks for posting,

Edited By: Pukka deal on Oct 24, 2016 21:09
2 Likes #5
My sons school is doing this too, make sure you check the list of things you can and can't include. Really lovely idea, we've enjoyed doing ours.
23 Likes #6
This isn't the samaritans. It is a truly vile right wing american organisation connected with the billy graham evangelical group.

Do your own googling to see the sort of people that you are dealing with and supporting in their intolerant bigotry.

I stopped my daughters school supporting this bunch, they now support a far more decent organisation. If your school is supporting it then ask how they square that with their policies on inclusiveness - especially if you have non-christian children in the school.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/nov/10/religion.society


Edited By: mas99 on Oct 24, 2016 21:23: .
16 Likes #7
Please consider this as well. It's not just an organisation to give presents to children, but evangelical, what used to be called missionary work. "Gifts" in one hand and a Bible in the other. If that fits with what you want, by all means go ahead. There are alternative secular routes as well, however. Information here. https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-doing/good-causes-and-charities/samaritans-purse/
15 Likes #8
It's a religious organisation - along with the boxes they send lots of evangelical Christian literature in an attempt to proselytise. Lots of anti gay stuff too. Secular Christmas box alternatives are here. Samaritans Purse alternatives
2 Likes #9
aninginaneana
Please consider this as well. It's not just an organisation to give presents to children, but evangelical, what used to be called missionary work. "Gifts" in one hand and a Bible in the other. If that fits with what you want, by all means go ahead. There are alternative secular routes as well, however. Information here. https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-doing/good-causes-and-charities/samaritans-purse/


​i just wrote the same thing with the same link! great minds, eh? ;)
9 Likes #10
Do a little research folks
this is NOT The Samaritans
Much better ways to give
https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-doing/good-causes-and-charities/samaritans-purse/
4 Likes #11
aninginaneana
Please consider this as well. It's not just an organisation to give presents to children, but evangelical, what used to be called missionary work. "Gifts" in one hand and a Bible in the other. If that fits with what you want, by all means go ahead. There are alternative secular routes as well, however. Information here. https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-doing/good-causes-and-charities/samaritans-purse/

veganmua
aninginaneana
Please consider this as well. It's not just an organisation to give presents to children, but evangelical, what used to be called missionary work. "Gifts" in one hand and a Bible in the other. If that fits with what you want, by all means go ahead. There are alternative secular routes as well, however. Information here. https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/humanism-today/humanists-doing/good-causes-and-charities/samaritans-purse/

​i just wrote the same thing with the same link! great minds, eh? ;)
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6 Likes #12
As the last few posts have stated I won't support these people!
banned 1 Like #13
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Edited By: Samar12 on Oct 24, 2016 21:31
5 Likes #14
I didn't know all this but If noone supports this appeal there is going to be a lot of kids missing out this Christmas,
I thought it was about putting a smile on a kids face, I will still be sending a shoebox






Edited By: Pukka deal on Oct 24, 2016 21:58: *
4 Likes #15
Well worth a read Operation Christmas Child

Cold. Non God-bothering alternatives are available


Edited By: djgomatt on Oct 24, 2016 21:37
3 Likes #16
Pukka deal
I didn't know all this but if noone supports this appeal there is going to be a lot of kids missing out this Christmas,
I thought it was about putting a smile on a kids face, I will still be sending a shoebox



​the kids don't miss out if people still do the shoebox with one of the other companies.
2 Likes #17
carolynoliver
Pukka deal
I didn't know all this but if noone supports this appeal there is going to be a lot of kids missing out this Christmas,
I thought it was about putting a smile on a kids face, I will still be sending a shoebox
​the kids don't miss out if people still do the shoebox with one of the other companies.
Do the other companies send the shoeboxes to the same places as Operation Christmas child ?

Edited By: Pukka deal on Oct 24, 2016 22:01: *
5 Likes #18
Glad to hear the truth about this nasty organisation is spreading. Plenty of well intentioned people do this each year as it's a nice idea. As people have said, there are loads of great alternatives which aren't insidious.
5 Likes #19
Absolute terrible way to collect/distribute aid. Very few aid organisations support this method, they need money. This simply gives religious organisation the chance to proselytise their ideas.
3 Likes #20
As other folk have pointed out, Samaritans Purse is a very controversial organisation and every year more and more companies (eg The Co-Op), organisations (South Wales Fire Service) and schools drop their support for them.
The Operation Christmas Child Alert UK website has a collection of articles for those who want to do some research:
https://sites.google.com/site/occalert/
3 Likes #21
Cold. I shall do what I did last year & donate to the children's ward of the local hospital,
quite simply because of Eric the God Eating Penguin.
9 Likes #22
Very hostile comments. If you don't like the idea of christian's helping others, just don't participate. Ridicule is not appreciated. If you ever end up homeless and hungry or fleeing war, perhaps you should first ask the religious persuasion of those who volunteer to provide unconditional help before you consider accepting their food or clothing or warm blanket and shelter. Thank you Louiseb88 for sharing this great opportunity.
3 Likes #23
Misleading title. Cold. All for charity but when there is that nasty aftertaste of religious marketing involved this makes me go from :D to oO
#24
Cold cold cold

This lot are a bunch of cults.
7 Likes #25
goldilocks7
Very hostile comments. If you don't like the idea of christian's helping others, just don't participate. Ridicule is not appreciated. If you ever end up homeless and hungry or fleeing war, perhaps you should first ask the religious persuasion of those who volunteer to provide unconditional help before you consider accepting their food or clothing or warm blanket and shelter. Thank you Louiseb88 for sharing this great opportunity.
You are, of course right, that people are free to choose. This is not an anti-religion attitude by any means. The key word you used is "unconditional". There are great organisations which help through love and compassion, which is what is shown by all the caring people on here wanting to help children. I really don't think this set up is one of them, and what they offer is far from unconditional. That's all. Maybe have a read of the research, then decide how best to proceed.
5 Likes #26
Don't know about what other Christian organisations do, but our church has been supporting the shoebox appeal for years now, never once put any religious stuff in there - depending on the country it's going to such an action could get the deliverer - or even receiver - killed.

Been given notes on what can and what can't go in, i.e . toothpaste, toothbrush, pencils, gloves/scarf, small toys etc, but NO religious literature, no military toys such as plastic guns/soldiers/fighter jets etc, no foodstuffs either.

We send boxes away sealed and sometimes we send people to drive the delivery truck - it can be an extremely dangerous journey - and we did lose a truck once, but thankfully got the three delivery drivers back safely after a while.

I don't know anything about Samaritans Purse, nor do I know anything about the other organisations mentioned above, so I couldn't possibly comment on any of them.
2 Likes #28
''Link to Hope'' at http://www.linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal ... ‘they don’t place any literature in the boxes and promise not to discriminate in who the boxes are given to’.
http://www.linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal/shoebox-appeal-faqs
http://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal/filling-shoebox

Edited By: taurus08 on Oct 25, 2016 00:54: additional info
3 Likes #29
Can we all vote expire/spam so people don't just go straight to the "deal"? :|

Edited By: Roger_Irrelevant on Oct 25, 2016 00:37: _
#30
mas99
This isn't the samaritans. It is a truly vile right wing american organisation connected with the billy graham evangelical group.

Do your own googling to see the sort of people that you are dealing with and supporting in their intolerant bigotry.

I stopped my daughters school supporting this bunch, they now support a far more decent organisation. If your school is supporting it then ask how they square that with their policies on inclusiveness - especially if you have non-christian children in the school.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/nov/10/religion.society



If it makes one child happy I'm happy. ​
2 Likes #31
Some amazing eye-opening stuff above. Would somebody who knows enought about the alternatives start a deal with the alternatives and link to that, if possible. I pretty much blind-vote hot on this kind of deal and this is the first time I've really paid attention and been like - whoah!
1 Like #32
aninginaneana
That's all. Maybe have a read of the research, then decide how best to proceed.
Okay, I've just read all the links (- even the hate Christians, hate God, hate religions links -) and especially the Samaritans Purse links and it seems to me you're right about those Samaritans Purse people evangelising - it's all over their website, clear as day, impossible to miss it. :{
1 Like #33
Duelling Duck
Some amazing eye-opening stuff above. Would somebody who knows enought about the alternatives start a deal with the alternatives and link to that, if possible. I pretty much blind-vote hot on this kind of deal and this is the first time I've really paid attention and been like - whoah!
A Christian evangelical group is making a Christmas appeal and nobody thinks they're going to evangelise about Christ? - all it would take is a visit to their webpage - but would anybody really need to? :{
1 Like #34
mas99
This isn't the samaritans.
Where has the Op - or anyone else for that matter - written that this is 'the Samaritans'?

And, which Samaritans are you referring to? These Samaritans?
2 Likes #35
tryn2help
Duelling Duck
Some amazing eye-opening stuff above. Would somebody who knows enought about the alternatives start a deal with the alternatives and link to that, if possible. I pretty much blind-vote hot on this kind of deal and this is the first time I've really paid attention and been like - whoah!
A Christian evangelical group is making a Christmas appeal and nobody thinks they're going to evangelise about Christ? - all it would take is a visit to their webpage - but would anybody really need to? :{
Christmas is about as much about Christ nowadays as a packed of crisps is about Quentin Crisp. I think Christmas has become a time of the year about goodwill separated from whatever mad space-wizard you believe in and we'll give a little up no matter who it's for.

But if it turns out you've voting hot for a deal that's the equivalent of Jimmy Savile doing charity work then let's look before we leap.
3 Likes #36
Duelling Duck
Christmas is about as much about Christ nowadays as a packed of crisps is about Quentin Crisp. I think Christmas has become a time of the year about goodwill separated from whatever mad space-wizard you believe in and we'll give a little up no matter who it's for.
But if it turns out you've voting hot for a deal that's the equivalent of Jimmy Savile doing charity work then let's look before we leap.
Christmas is many things to many people.
To children it's generally a happy time of year - or at least it's supposed to be - mainly because new toys, sweets etc.
To others it's a time off work, a time for meeting family and friends - or just a time to maybe make an effort to be nice or nicer to each other.

To some it's a mass (a gathering) to remember the Christ (the saviour)) someone who saved them from the miserable belief that this crappy existence is all there is.


But, whatever peeps think of Christmas, it's supposed to be something good - not evil, it's supposed to be about love, love for family, friends . . . and even love for foreigners, . . because true love knows no bounds . . . and for Christians, true love is God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8.
That's the message they try to live by, that's the message they try to spread, to love God and to love one another, . . . . but there's a whole other force that strives to get us to hate God and to hate one another, . . . . and peeps just have to choose either to love or to hate.


Edited By: tryn2help on Oct 25, 2016 02:10
#37
tryn2help
mas99
This isn't the samaritans.
Where has the Op - or anyone else for that matter - written that this is 'the Samaritans'?
And, which Samaritans are you referring to? These Samaritans?
It was posted as such t2h <3

Edited By: thewongwing101 on Oct 25, 2016 03:36: H
1 Like #38
No religious literature is included in the box, some may be offered separately in some countries.

The other organisations linked to generally dont offer the same personal nature of the gift where you choose what to send. The one that does doesnt have national collection points.

Personally for the last couple of years we have purchased items like toothpaste and brushes and toiletries and donated this to the local foodbank. You could also donate similar items to your local womens refuge or sleeping bags to any local organisation helping the homeless. However none of these have quite the same role as a child choosing what to send another child - which is why we did the shoebox appeal for years.
5 Likes #39
Should add that I'm not a church goer but I have met some of the people locally who have gone to see parcels handed out. They tell me that nothing is pushed at people, there are Christian leaflets on a table as the parcels collected here go to a country with a lot of Christians and it's up to the families whether they take them. The gift is an expression of love that they hope will remind people of the basis of the Christian faith.

Individual choice what you do but voting expired to prevent people reading about this is wrong.
#40
Medcins Sans Frontieres are probably a better organisation to give money too.
Any humanitarian crisis in the world and they seem to be the only organisation actually providing real help to people in very difficult and dangerous conditions.
MSF linky

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