It is an operation that has been run with military precision.
And once again, it is an operation that will help thousands of needy people around the world.
A church in Meltham became the headquarters of Operation Christmas Child and some 13,200 boxes of goodies have now left to help people in the Philippines, Belarus and Serbia.
St James Church at Meltham Mills has again been used as the shoebox processing centre, for all three destinations.
The gift-filled shoeboxes had been donated by people from all over West Yorkshire and drivers travelled as far Gargrave to pick up the boxes visiting schools, churches, businesses, shopping centres and individual homes.
Organiser Judith Powell said: “The work began in March this year and each Friday, volunteers came together at St James Church to help create sort and store ‘fillers’, wrap empty shoe boxes, enjoy the company of others, chat over coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
“These ‘fillers’ are small toys, stationery, hats scarves and gloves, which we use to add to the donated boxes if there is room. Our lollipop team make up bags of sweets donated loose by Dobsons of Halifax, almost always testing the quality!
“Some volunteers are not able to visit St James but their contribution is no less valuable. Many thousands of bars of soap and flannels are wrapped at a home in Meltham, Barbie dolls are sourced and dressed at a home in Halifax , knitters all over West Yorkshire are busy throughout the year, needles clicking to create hats scarves and gloves, notebooks have been created and Christmas cards written.
“Should items donated not be used in the OCC boxes, nothing is wasted. Many trips have been made to the Methodist Mission Food Bank, the Crossroads Shop, The Christian African Relief Trust and Asylum Seekers and Refugees cared for by the Baptist Churches in Wakefield”.
Last month, the church allowed the Operation Christmas Child volunteers to remove all the chairs and furniture erect tables and turn their much loved church into a warehouse. Drivers set out on their travels around West Yorkshire, hiring vans and using their own cars to collect the donated gifts.
Once checked the shoe boxes were packed into cartons, loaded onto a van and taken to two local destinations for shipping.
Mrs Powell said: “Many volunteers and friends from the past 12 years returned to the warehouse yet again to count, check, pack cartons and take them off site to await export. “Teams of helpers came from the Valuation Office at Halifax and Lloyds Bank. Students from Kirklees College made three visits, Green Acres School in Barnsley came in their mini bus, our local Guides and Brownies came to help as did young people from The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints. Individuals travelled many miles to come and help, from as far as Ilkley, Wakefield, Dewsbury and Leeds.
“One lorry left loaded with 750 cartons for Felixstowe to be loaded onto a boat for The Philippines, another was loaded with cartons for Belarus leaving Meltham direct for Minsk. That still left us with 66 cartons and now they have left for Serbia”.
Operation Christmas Child asks those who fill a shoebox to donate £3 to help with shipping and handling cost, but local groups and organisations also do vital fundraising work throughout the year to help meet the costs..