Operation Christmas Love '24

This Christmas you can help children like Kyrlyo

This Christmas will be the darkest yet for families living in poverty in Eastern Europe. In Ukraine, families continue to be separated and lives torn apart, with many children still spending hours sheltering in the basements of homes. Families are living under great stress and fear and face a miserable Christmas with a lack of food, freezing temperatures, and an unknown future.

You can help desperately poor families share a Christmas meal together – something many of us take for granted. Your £30 can give a family a Christmas to remember filled with joy rather than sorrow.

For most of us Christmas is a special time when we come together as a family, with friends and our church community, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For many, it is filled with fun and festivity, singing carols, enjoying a Christmas meal and giving and receiving presents.

But for families Mission Without Borders (MWB) works with winter can be desperately hard. Heavy snow can block off roads and rural villages making food scarce. There is also little or no income for workers because seasonal work on land and construction stops In Ukraine, families face ongoing air raid sirens, a horrible doubling of food prices and the real anxiety of finding food to put on the table for their children.




Nelya and Davyd and their family live in a dilapidated one bedroomed house with an outdoor toilet in the Sarny region of Western Ukraine. The children are usually cheerful and friendly, but these days they are silent, terrified of the missile strikes.

To help family income the children pick blackberries in the local forest during the summer. The family can provide meat, milk eggs & vegetables and keeps two cows, pigs and poultry. When they can they make money selling milk in the main town.

The situation of the family was so desperate Mission Without Borders stepped in to provide monthly food and hygiene parcels. “We regularly receive the most essential things and I’ve learned to see how strong God’s grace and care is towards us”, says Nadiya. “Thanks to this support, my husband has become more confident, responsible and industrious”.

Receiving an Operation Christmas Love box to their home helped to transform their Christmas last year, giving Nelya and Davyd and the rest of the family the chance to have a wonderful festive Christmas celebration together full of good food and joyful memories, and we are incredibly thankful for the all support you have given to help this come true.

This Christmas, Mission Without Borders, a Christian charity committed to relieve the suffering of the poor and marginalised and share the hope found in Jesus Christ, wants to raise funds and deliver 40,000 Operation Christmas Love boxes across six countries in Eastern Europe. It’s a huge number – but people are in desperate need.

Christmas donations


Working together with local churches, we bring these words alive from Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” There are a lot of weary, tired souls who need relief. 

Your gift of £30 today will cover one food parcel and enable a family in need to share with you the true meaning of Christmas and bring joy to children at time the most need it in the heart of winter. The parcel not only brings food and reveals the real reason for Christmas, it brings a much needed  reminder of the gift of God’s love and care for them.

Please respond today. This crisis means we need to deliver boxes by the beginning of December. We won’t be able to do it without your help.




Operation Christmas Love parcels were distributed in Ukraine for Christmas 2023.



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91p in every £1 raised is spent directly on our work with children and families