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We are praying and planning to hand-deliver 370,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to children in seven nations this year. Yes, hand-deliver! Distributing shoeboxes is not as simple as sending a parcel overseas through Australia Post or another carrier. In every receiving country, we have large teams of well-organised and well-trained volunteers who effectively hand-deliver the shoeboxes to children gathered in groups of anywhere between 10 and 200 in villages, slums and towns across these nations.

Your donation of $10 per shoebox is the only way we can cover the costs of this project, including freight, processing centre rent, staff, training distribution teams, advertising and administration.

This year due to serious cost pressures, we have needed to increase the shoebox donation from $9 to $10. This is the first price change in 7 years and we ask you, our partners, to please kindly help in this way.

The cost of funding the training, logistics and sea freight to the receiving countries is enormous. In Australia and New Zealand, we also carry very substantial costs to pay for the rental of processing centres and a team of 14 paid Operation Christmas Child staff. Added to this, we have some inevitable fundraising, resource material and administration costs. Our administration costs for Samaritan’s Purse as a whole came to only 10% of our total expenditure in 2016.

Operation Christmas Child does not own any buildings, nor does it have any cash reserves whatsoever. In fact, generally from the period April through to September every year, it has to borrow money to keep the project going until the donations arrive along with the shoeboxes into our processing centres.

In the past, we have been given large numbers of shoeboxes without the $10 contribution, which has forced us to appeal to donors tohelp us cover the costs of this project. We are desperate to see the $10 donation come in with every shoebox to enable us to run this project on a breakeven basis.

Thank you for understanding and for your love of this project.

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