Current Mission Project:
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Collection Week November 13-20
Boxes available in the Narthex or Atrium
This year’s Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign began in January and will continue until National Collection Week in November. We hope to top our goal from last year by packing over 1100 shoeboxes — that means we need everyone to do one, two, or three boxes! Or one for every member of your family. Get your neighbors involved. Be creative — we can do this!
Many of you have been collecting items for your shoeboxes all year! You just need to pick up a box and put the items in it. Or you may enjoy doing it all at once — perhaps visiting the Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Target all in one day! Whatever your style, it’s almost time to pack your boxes!
Operation Christmas Child delivers shoeboxes of gifts to children in desperate situations all around the world. These gifts of love and age-appropriate gifts bring joy and hope to these children. But the greatest gift given in the boxes is the printed Gospel message (in their language) and the 12 week curriculum given to the village/town leaders who then teach the children about the life-saving message of our Lord.
Boxes can be packed for a boy or a girl in age groups 2 - 4 years old, 5 - 9 years old, or 10 - 14 years old. Each shoebox you pick up will have a brochure included that gives you gift ideas, lets you choose the age and sex of the child for whom you wish to pack, and information about tracking your shoebox to see where it ends up. You may also include a picture of your family and a letter to the child letting them know about you and things you like to do. These mean so much to the children; the letters usually can be translated by the Samaritan’s Purse volunteer and the local contact.
Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS:
toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
NEW THIS YEAR: Due to problems with expiration dates and/or customs in many countries, we are NO LONGER ALLOWED to pack toothpaste and candy.
Operation Christmas Child is a division of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. For more information, please visit their website www.samaritanspurse.org; click on “What We Do” to find more info on Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign.