Operation Christmas Child

Samaritans Purse is a charity organisation who act in areas like Africa, Eastern Europe and The Former Soviet Union. Samaritans Purse is designed to help under priviledged people through the delivery of practical every day items and necessities. They came up with the idea of Operation Christmas Child. The idea of Operation Christmas Child is to enable caring individuals, families, schools, churches, buisnesses, and other organisations to fill ordinary shoe boxes with small toys, school supplies, sweets, and other gifts.

The shoe boxes are wrapped and passed onto needy children around the world. Many of the children are victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disasters. In order to promote Operation Christmas Child, my group designed a presentation which would be shown to a Key Stage 3 class. My group had a year 9 class. We explained to the children what Operation Christmas Child was all about and what they had to do. In our planning me, Sarah and Kelly made a poster. We shown the poster to them to give them a better explaination.

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People that were in the group were Kirsty Wheeler, Rebecca Jordan, Stephanie Ballard, Sarah Johns, Ashleigh Canning and Kelly French. We had quite a few problems. One problem was that no one wanted to do the speaking because it was a year 9 class so we asked Rachel Mcgann, who was in a different group, to do our speaking for us. I think the group would of done some speaking if it was year 7 or 8 class because we knew some of the people who were in the year 9 class. Another problem that we had was that we lost the sheet of what we was going to say on it. So Rachel didnt know what to say.

We then had to try and tell her what to say to the class but everybody got confused. Another problem that we had was that we lost Rebecca and Stephanie on the way, when we was trying to find our class. I think that my group made a good contribution apart from when no one wanted to do any speaking. When we was trying to find our class some teachers were shouting at us because we was being a bit noisy. When we first went into the class, Ashleigh and Sarah ran off because they didnt want to go in the class, but then came back to stand with us and do the presentation.

Througout the presentation me and Ashleigh were laughing because some of the children were pulling funny faces and being stupid. When we was showing our presentation to the class, many of them wasn’t listening and were just talking over us. A couple of children were being rude and kept shouting out. Some people in the class knew what to do from doing it previously. In our plan we planned to bring in a wrapped shoe box with somethings in it of what to put in it and what not to put in it.

For example, you can put in toys, scarves, gloves, sunglasses, necklaces, educational supplies or hygiene items. But you can’t put in liquids, war related items, any kind of dangerous items, fragile items, medicine or food with a sell-by date before March of the following year. This didnt work because we though we had our presentation on the monday but we got told that it wasn’t. We had to do the presentation on the Tuesday but no off my group knew until breaktime on the Tuesday, so we couldnt prepare nothing.

My group could of done better but i dont think we would of done better with another year 9 group. One thing two people from the group could have done was to go and check on our class and see how they was getting on. Also to see if anybody was going to bring any shoe boxes in that were completed. When we did our presentation we should of told the class to bring one or two things in each and then some people bring in some shoe boxes, so that more shoe boxes could of been completed. My group didn’t know how many boxes the class made because we forgot to go and check on them.

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