Welcome to Operation Christmas Box
Operation Christmas Box (formerly uk4u Thanks!) is a registered charity which provides Christmas Boxes full of presents (affectionately known as the 'Square Stocking') as a gift from the nation. Thanks for all your support!
In 2020, thanks entirely to generous donations from members of the public and our sponsors, Operation Christmas Box was able to send nearly 9,700 Christmas gift Boxes to unaccompanied UK Armed Forces personnel on duty overseas over the Christmas period. Boxes were sent to operational theatres such as Afghanistan, to ships, submarines and Air Stations across the globe.
Your donations make the Christmas Boxes happen, so please donate for the 2021 Christmas campaign.
NewsWe are always on the look out for interesting stories about your Operation Christmas Box experiences so if you were one of the 1000s of troops that received a box let us know!
Professor Peter Doyle Professor Peter Doyle, the author of many works of military history and the material culture of warfare, contacted the Operation Christmas Box Trustees. He is just finishing a book on the 1914 Princess Mary’s Gift, and naturally he was very interested in ‘Operation Christmas Box’. The book’s title is ‘For Every Sailor Afloat, Read More
The Trustees thank all the many kind donors who have sent money to Operation Christmas Box via Just Giving and CAF this year. This helps us continue sending gift boxes to our Armed Forces around the world away from their families and friends at Christmas. Here are some images from around the world of our Armed Read More
MBDA extend their sponsorshipThe Operation Christmas Box Trustees are delighted to announce that MBDA has extended their sponsorship for a further 3 years. They commenced their sponsorship in 2018. With their help, 9,700 Christmas Boxes have been produced and despatched this year across the world, wherever our Armed Forces personnel are overseas, unaccompanied and on Read More
Gosling Foundation donation The Gosling Foundation has donated £10,000 to Operation Christmas Box. This will assist us to continue sending our Christmas Boxes to all our Armed Forces personnel who will be overseas unaccompanied and on duty away from their families and friends at Christmas. The Trustees are delighted and thank the Gosling Foundation for Read More
Do have a sneaky peek of the 2020 Christmas Boxes which are already being shipped to their final destinations with a new edition this year – our Operation Christmas Box selfie frame! A big thank you to our sponsors for the 2020 campaign; MBDA, Kilfrost Ltd, The Gosling Foundation and all our individual supporters.These boxes Read More
Did you know that you can donate to Operation Christmas Box while you shop on-line, with it costing you any extra? Amazon Smile is a simple and easy way to donate. Same products, same prices, same service that you would find on Amazon, but with Amazon Smile they donate 0.5% of the purchase price Read More
The Operation Christmas Box Trustees are delighted to announce the arrival of Danielle Sandy. Known as Danni, she is the Head of Social Media and sponsorship generator. See more about Danni on the Committee page under ‘About’.
The MOD Christmas Box Committee met this week to agree the contents of the Operation Christmas Box 2020 gift box. The boxes will be sent to all UK Armed Forces personnel who are serving unaccompanied overseas on Christmas Day. Please help us to continue this work by going to www.operationchristmasbox.org and make a donation. The Read More
2019 CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGNER Early last year, the Operation Christmas Box Trustees asked for help to design the 2019 Christmas card that went into each of the 10,000 Christmas Boxes produced last year, and sent around the world to wherever our UK Armed Forces were present on 25 December. The drawing chosen was produced by Helen Read More
The Petworth Town Band in West Sussex learnt about the charity Operation Christmas Box after one of their members heard one of the trustees speak at a Royal British Legion meeting in the area. They decided to donate the takings from their D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert to the charity. Prior to the concert, they invited Read More
This is the 2019 Christmas Box The 2019 Christmas Box sent to nearly 10,000 of our UK Armed Forces personnel who are serving unaccompanied overseas on Christmas Day. The Operation Christmas Box (OCB) gift consists of the following items:OCB Tin and Padlock, OCB Santa Hat, Headtorch, Decorative fairy lights, Microfibre towel, OCB Mug, Picture Frame, Armband mobile ‘phone holder, Non-slip mat, Giant paperclip, Multi Tool, Retractable ID Read More
PACKING THE 2019 CHRISTMAS BOX IS IMMINENT All the items for the 2019 Christmas Box are being brought together so that packing can commence imminently. Then the boxes can start their journeys around the world to wherever our Armed Forces will be serving this Christmas.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DONE! The Operation Christmas Box Team have been busy. All the items for the 2019 Christmas Box have been selected and ordered.
This is the Christmas Box that will be opened today by nearly 9,000 Servicemen and Servicewomen who are overseas and away from their families and friends today.
CAME DOWN GOLF CLUB Came Down Golf Club Ladies’ AGM was held in their Dorset Clubhouse with 50 ladies present, to witness the changeover of Ladies’ Captains. The new Captain for the 2019 season is Fran Berry who takes the reins from Sally Little, a Trustee of Operation Christmas Box. At the end of proceedings, the Treasurer Rhose Lawes, presented Sally with a cheque for £1,545.00 for her chosen Charity, Operation Christmas Box, which resulted from events and donations from the Ladies and members of the Club throughout her year of Office.
Sally Little, a Trustee of Operation Christmas Box, on the right with the Treasurer Rhose Lawes