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Operation Christmas Child

posted Sep 11, 2016, 4:30 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 4:49 PM ]

Community service has great value for children, it promotes empathy, generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness towards others.

This year Tamahere School will be taking part in ‘Operation Christmas Child’. We will be collecting donations to be put in shoe boxes to be posted to orphanages all over the world for children that unfortunately do not have the same wonderful advantages as most of those in New Zealand. We are hoping to send 2 shoe boxes from each class, that is 36 children's lives we can change for the better.

It would be fantastic if a conversation could be had with your child/children and that they are involved in the process of choosing the gift.

What we need from you and your child/children:

  1. A donation of a gift as described in the ‘Shoebox gift idea’ link (or see below)


  1. A cash donation to buy a gift for the box or to help  pay the $9 each box costs to post to the orphanages. Total to send 36 boxes will be $324.

Please leave all gift donations at the school library.

The shoeboxes will need to packed and ready to be posted before October 28th. Last day for donations Friday 21st October.

Each box will have a letter from Tamahere children and boxes will be packed by selected children.

This is not compulsory, gift donations are on a voluntary basis only.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved please see the coordinator of this project Mrs Kewish our Librarian.

Shoe Box gift suggestions

  • Something to wear: t shirt, polo shirt, shorts, skirt, beanie, sandals etc…

  • Something to love: teddy bear, doll, soft toy etc

  • Something special: carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, stickers, necklaces, craft kits, wind up torch

  • Something for school: exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk etc

  • Something to play with: tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets etc

  • Something for personal hygiene: soap and face cloth, toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, scrunchies, hair clips etc

Prohibited items

  • Items that leak or melt: shampoo, bubble bath, playdough etc

  • Food or lollies: including vitamins and medicines

  • Used or damaged items

  • Breakable items: including glass, mirrors, porcelain

  • Items that can scare or harm a child: including Halloween, war or pirate related items, toy guns, knives, military figures or skull and crossbones

  • Gambling-related items: including play money, playing cards and dominoes

  • Religious literature: including tracts and bibles