Christmas is quickly approaching and in the spirit of the season of giving, we thought we’d do our bit to spread a bit of festive cheer. When we’re not performing SAP calculations, the team at Melin like to do their bit for those less fortunate than ourselves. Especially at this time of year.
Shoeboxes of Delight
Samaritans Purse International is a UK-based charity who raise funds, send gifts and organise events for families and children in need. One of the events they hold is “Operation Christmas Child”, which consists of sending shoeboxes full of toys, books, games, sweets and toiletries to Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Since December 2012, the team at Melin has filled shoeboxes and taken them to our local drop-off point in the hope that we can bring a smile to a child’s face.
This year it will be the same but with a slight difference! While there are 11 members of staff working for Melin, our offices at The Beacon include a lot more businesses. So we’ve taken the opportunity to get some boxes together (60 in fact) and hand them out as an unofficial drop-off point!
With family members of Melin participating, as well as the companies in The Beacon and neighbouring buildings, we expect to fill those 60 boxes in no time. The last drop-off date is the 18th November, so there’s still plenty of time.
There’s a small donation of £3 to cover the cost of the postage but we don’t think that’s a big ask in order to give a child a cheerful Christmas time.
Start your own operation
It’s not too late to get involved yourself. The Operation Christmas Child website gives you tips on how to fill your shoebox, and you can even follow the progress of your box and track which country it’s delivered to. We’ll keep you updated on the progress of Operation Melinmas on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Image source: samaritans-purse.org.uk
Operation Melinmas Update (21/11/16)
We thought we'd share some extra photos and give you an update, now that the deadline has passed for Operation Christmas Child.
On November 18th, we took the boxes that we had filled to the official Swansea collection point, with a little help from our very own Melin elves!
At the drop-off point we were happy to see plenty of boxes from other businesses.
This depot alone had collected over 7,000 boxes, which were heading to Liberia. This was the first time in 4 years that Operation Christmas Child was able to send to Liberia, due to the ebola outbreak.
We were thrilled to help out this fantastic campaign in our own small way and we look forward to next year's Operation Melinmas! Now, we're off to make the Melin Elves a well-deserved cuppa!