Operation Christmas Child

Today we had a Leopold Primary School parent, Tim, and his friends, Kristy and Peggy, come to talk to all the Grade Twos about Operation Christmas Child. This is a project that the Grade Two team is supporting this year.

Operation Christmas Child

Tim, Peggy and Kristy told us that there are a lot of children around the world who have a very difficult life and don’t get presents like we do. We learnt that we can make a difference by donating a small gift to a child in another country.


Each class is collecting small gifts to put in a shoebox. The shoebox will then be sent overseas and will make a child very happy at Christmas time.

The shoeboxes might go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea or Thailand. We will be able to track our shoebox online to find out where it goes!

Peggy and Kristy gave us lots of ideas of what we could donate to our Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Some ideas include small toys, things for school, soaps, hair accessories, sunglasses, thongs etc. Anything that is used, breakable or food cannot be donated.


We learnt that some children in other countries are extremely happy just to receive anything at all. They don’t care what colour it is or where it came from. Look at this boy in Uganda. He received a shoe box of presents. He didn’t care that it was pink or smaller than the other boxes. He is over the moon!

2KM/2KJ students who want to donate to our project should send along their gift by Friday 21st October.

Families or anyone else who wants to prepare their own shoebox can visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.au to find out more information. Note: there is a $9 postage cost per shoebox.

This is a video we watched about boxes being delivered to Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

What do you think about Operation Christmas Child?

What ideas do you have for shoebox donations?

Have you ever supported a charity or helped someone before? How did you feel?

33 thoughts on “Operation Christmas Child

  1. @ 2KM and 2KJ,

    I think that Tim, Peggy and Kristy esplanade it very well.

    I know that I’m going to send my shoebox and track it.

    I wonder where my shoebox will go?

    From your blogging buddy,
    Liam 👿 😈

  2. Dear 2KM and 2JK,

    How wonderful that you had Tim,Peggy and Kristy tell you all about this wonderful Operation Christmas Child.

    I, love the fact that you can send a shoebox and fill it with wonderful gifts so a child will be receiving it.
    I would love to put one together and send it over to a child.
    You get such a good feeling when you know you are making a little difference in a child’s life.
    It is far much better to give than to receive and the receiver will be so ever grateful.

    Last year I do remember a time when the last 2KM and 2KJ and some blogging pals raised a large amount of money for some needing Ugandan children.

    The end result was amazing and something that I know no one will ever forget.

    From your friend,
    AA. 🙂

  3. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    I love this post!

    I am going to donate something for the shoe box.

    Those kids in the video are so adorable and sweet.

    I have got some ideas for you. You could give a soft teddy for them to hug.

    I really love the song that it says put my love in my box.

    Love from,

    • @ Keira,

      Graet blog comment.

      I like your idea for a teddie to cadle.

      My idea is to gave them some school stuf.

      graet blog comment again.

      Your friend,

  4. Hi Mrs. Morris & Miss Jordan,

    You are so inspiring! It’s a joy to pack a shoebox full of toys and some necessities. My son packs a box with toys for a boy around his age, while my daughter packs a box for a girl around her age. They love helping others, and this is something we enjoy doing every year. I’m so glad your class gets to participate in this!

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe

    • Dear Mrs. Watanabe,

      Thanks for the comment. By the way my name is Dana. I am from 2KM.

      I never knew that they celebrated it all over the world. Do you send boxes as well as your children? If you did is it fun?

      I have looked at your blog and it is awesome! I like it how you put up the blog posts. There amazing.

      It is nice that your kids are doing it and helping other kids that are close to their age. I am excited about sending a couple of boxes to them. Also I’m excited about tracking it down to the county where it is going to go.

      I have just started this term at Leopold and I’m enjoying it a lot for the first week.

      Are your children doing it as a class?

      The word inspiring is a marvellous word to use in a blog comment. Don’t you think?

      I have already brought something for the box but I forgot what it was called. I
      Was the first one to bring something in. 😎

      Are you going to make new student blogs?

      Thanks for the comment again. It was fantastic. I’m glad to hear that you like Operation Christmas Child. 2KM and 2KJ like it too. I bet it is going to be some much fun.

      Your new friend,
      Dana 😉

      • Hi Dana,

        You’ve written an amazing response! We believe it’s important to put helping others as a priority in our lives. Operation Christmas Child is fun for the whole family, but we only send two boxes. We actually buy a plastic box to wrap so the children have a nice storage tub in addition to the toys and necessities.

        We do this as an outreach through church, and not school. Here in the USA, there are strict rules about what public schools can do in the classroom. Even though Operation Christmas Child is an amazing opportunity to be generous and help others, I doubt a public school could do this because it says “Christmas” or because of the affiliation of Samaritan’s Purse. The exception would be if there were similar outreach opportunities with multiple affiliations.

        That might be difficult to understand because it’s difficult for my own children to understand at times why certain things can’t be done at school, especially if it’s helping others. This is why I am applauding your teachers for doing this as a class, and I’m glad you are able to join their class.

        Besides Operation Christmas Child, our family has discussed giving a dairy goat. Do you think that’s a good Christmas gift for a family?

        Again, thank you so much for your kind words and thoughtful comment.

        Kind regards,
        Mrs. Watanabe

  5. This is a wonderful program to support, 2KM and 2KJ. After watching the excitement on the faces of students in Uganda, Africa receiving packages, you can easily see how wonderful the program is.

    It’s amazing how some things we see as everyday can bring smiles to the faces of other children. Simple toys, shoes, clothes, soaps or things to use in school are great inclusions.

    I have often supported charities when I can afford it. I have had favourites and regularly get calls for support. Now I also make DVDs for schools and community groups. I keep it non-profit and therefore cheap so people can afford to buy them.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)
    NSW, Australia

    • @ Ross Mannell,
      What a great comment.

      I cannot wait for Operation Christmas Child. I have got something already. I have some tooth brushes.

      I cannot wait to pack a shoe box on the video, it looks like fun.

      The kids on the video look like they were having fun opening the shoe box.

      Bye for now
      Will 😎

  6. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    We love the idea of Operation Christmas Child. Many of us have donated to this program before. Thank you for sharing the videos with us. We felt sad that these children did not have the things that we have. Our class felt happy when they saw the children getting their presents. This is a wonderful idea and our teachers will read more about it.

    Here are some ideas that we have for shoebox donations: flip-flops, crayons, coloring books, toy cars, stuffed animals, games, ponytail holders, shampoo, and nail polish.

    2nd grade Techie Kids

  7. @ Mrs. Moore,

    Thanks for your comment, it is brilliant.

    We are not allowed to put things that break or leak.
    The things you thought were very good ideas!

    I think Christmas operation child is a great idea too. I would never know this if they didn’t come.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Amelie (2KM)

    • Dear Amelie,

      Thank you for the reminder not to package anything that can break or leak. It makes perfect sense! We certainly wouldn’t want anyone to have a mess when they opened their container.

      Keep up the great work!
      Mrs. Moore

  8. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    Great post Mrs morris.

    I would to put some toys in a shoe box for some kids.

    I might geve tham a Poptropica toy and a foot ball.
    The kids might like some thing like that.
    I will make a map that tales them how to kick a footy.

    • @ Quinn,

      Graet blog comment.

      That is a graet idea to give them.

      I’m would like to give them school stuf to them.

      Graet blog comment again.

      Your friend,

  9. WOW! 2KM and 2KJ this is a very exciting project to be involved in. The students in Uganda are very lucky to be receiving packages you are planning to put together.

    Things like toys, shoes, clothes,that we take for granted are considered luxuries in these countries.

    Our school does something similar for the Oxfam charity in Timor-Lest which is our country’s clostest neighbours. We make care packages and fill shoe boxes with old magazines, clothes, food, games, pencils, paper, games, books, xmas cards etc.

    This is our charity’s link http://www.oxfam.org.au/

    Good luck with this project it is very important to give back to our community and make a positive difference in the lives of others that are not as lucky as us.

    From Miss Dwyer and 3/4D

    • @ Miss Dwyer and 3/4D,

      I’m Mikayla.I’m in 2KM my techer is Mrs Morris.

      Graet blog comment.

      It is very simil like what you do at your school.

      I had a quike look a the link I wach one vido one it that was all cose I wonted to reply to you.

      Graet blog by the way.

      Graet blog comment again.

      Your new blogging pal,
      Mikayla (Mrs Morris 2KM)

  10. Dear 2KM & 2KJ
    I reckon that the ‘Operation Christmas Child’is a wonderful idea. Its a awesome way to help someone have a great Christmas.

    Jamie 4HR

    • @ Jamie,

      I’m Mikayla for 2KM.

      Graet blog comment.

      It is asome to help the‘Operation Christmas Child’is a wonderful idea they thort of.

      Graet comment again.

      Your new blogging pal,

  11. @ 2KM and 2KJ,

    I’m Paul Mikaylas step dad.

    Wanderful blog by the way.

    I think Operation Christmas Child’is a wandful proget to work on at school and at home.I would like to do it one day just to help some one that has nathing at all to just give them some thing to give to Mikayla for the Operation Christmas Child.

    Wanderful blog again.

    Paul (mikaylas step dad)

    • @ Paul,

      Great cooment.

      I think operation christmas child is a really good opertunite to help other people.

      Best Wishes,

  12. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    Great post.

    I think Operation Christmas Child is a very good idea. Well more than good awesome.

    Today I’m going shopping and I will buy a few things but I’m not really sure what. Maybe I’ll buy a little doll or a teddy bear. Something like that.

    I don’t think I have supported a charity before but it sounds fun!

    From your class mate,

  13. Hi Ava,

    great comment.

    Did you know that I’v supported a charity
    before and it was fun.So this must be your first time.GOOD LUCK! :WINK:

    Dana! 😎

  14. @ 2KM and 2KJ,

    Great post.

    I think operation christmas child is an very good idea.

    Some things I would put in a shoe box are pencils, a small bouncy ball, a note pad for school and lots more.

    I support a girl on World Vision I fell happy while doing it.

    Great post again.

    Your Pal,

    • @ Hannah,

      I like your blog comment.I think you will get your own blog.

      I think operation christmas child is a very good idea to be working on.

      Some things I would put in the box would be school stuf, some thing to caldle and lots more.

      What ather things would you put in the box?

      Your friend,

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  16. Dear 2Kj & 2 KM,
    What a great idea. There is nothing like the feeling of helping someone else. I think some school items would be a good idea, as not all students can afford to buy the things they need. Maybe some colouring pencils, some empty workbooks, a pencil case or a stencil set. Also something fun and just for play like a small toy. The countries seem to all be hot, maybe a fan???
    Good luck

  17. Hi 2KJ and 2Km,

    What a fantastic idea! I know Charlotte is very keen to go shopping and find some gifts for these very important shoe boxes 🙂

    As a family each year, we ‘adopt’ a family for Christmas through the Geelong Advertiser newspaper in memory of our son Finn. We have to buy presents and give a food hamper too and we enjoy doing this as a family.

    I think it gives you a big smile when you help others 😆

    Your blogging buddy,


  18. Hi Mummy,

    Thanks for your comment, It was great.

    I love to do that every year!

    I love to remember Finn!

    See you,

    Charlotte 🙂

  19. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    Great post Mrs Morris!

    I think Operation Christmas Child is a great idea. Some things we could give are a notepad, a pencil and a toy car.(one you push along the ground) 😎

    From Ella♥

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