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A brief reminder about shoeboxes...

by Sassafras Mon Oct 16th, 2006 at 04:18:48 PM EST

I hate to be among the first to use the 'C' word, but many of you (particularly those of you with school age children) may shortly be receiving requests to fill shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for needy children worldwide.

A reminder that the organisation Operation Christmas Child is a division of the evangelical organisation
Samaritan's Purse.  According to their website, Samaritan's purse:

provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions outreach while focussing on the true meaning of Christmas-Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift. Along with shoebox gifts, millions of children are given Gospel booklets in their own language.
(my italics)

I haven't seen this year's leaflet, but in the past it hasn't always been immediately obvious that this is an evangelical organisation.  My local (and multi-ethnic) primary school was not aware of the evangelical aspect of Operation Christmas Child until I asked questions about its appropriateness. It has now started sending boxes via a secular organisation (see below).

Not wanting to support evangelism doesn't have to mean not giving at all.  The British Humanist Society has a
list of alternative donations including
21st Century Child: the secular shoebox gift scheme now used by the local school.

thanks for the warning. always worth knowing about these trojan horse projects.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 16th, 2006 at 04:26:51 PM EST
jesus is coming to GET you!!!

like the little plastic toys that would emerge all dusty with crumbs from the bottom of the cereal box.

what's that in my gift package?

oo, a little religion!

let's go try it out in the bathtub, see if it blows bubbles.

the hindus have it down, by the time a kid is ten he/she has dressed and fed the little household deitiy-dolls hundreds of times.

mama, ganesh smiled at me!

well honey,, he likes that trunkwarmer you knitted him for winter, you can be sure he's out removing obstacles from your path right now!

it'd be nice if jesus would save us from christmas...

damn, i swore to try and be more positive about the big chill this year,  it's only mid-autumn, summer still fresh in my mind.

shop early!!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:04:43 AM EST

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