Operation Christmas Child  |  Collecting Boxes 10/29 - 11/12

 Operation Christmas Child delivers great joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. Each box packed full of quality toys, school supplies, and personal care items becomes a tangible expression of God's immense love for the child that receives it. Delivered by our local church partners, shoebox gifts provide an opportunity to present the Gospel to boys and girls in a clear, child-friendly way.

Every year people generously and prayerfully fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and personal care items for children in need around the world. These special boxes are joyfully received by boys and girls from 2-14 years old, often as their first gift ever! Would you like to be a part of this great opportunity? Simply pick up a shoebox from the church office or our Welcome Tent on a Sunday morning, fill the box with various items and bring it back to the church between 10/29 - 11/12. Deliver your completed shoebox to the church foyer on Sunday morning or to the church office Monday - Thursday (9a-5:30p).

The last day to return shoeboxes is Sunday, November 12

How to Pack a Shoebox

  1. Find a shoebox - Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox.
  2. Get your label - Use the label to indicate on your shoebox whether it was packed for a boy or girl and which age category:  2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
  3. Fill it with gifts - See below for specific suggestions & items not to include.
  4. Pray - Most importantly, "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17) for the child who will receive your shoebox gift.
  5. Donate $10 per shoebox - A donation of $10 per box is critical to cover shipping and other project costs. For easiest processing, you can give online through the Samaritan's Purse Ways to Give page.
  6. Drop off - Return your box to the church foyer on Sunday mornings or the church office (Monday - Thursday 9a-5:30p)
  7. Follow your shoebox! - Activate Your Label and see where your shoebox ends up! 

What should I put in my shoebox?

Need ideas of what to add to your shoebox? Select a medium to large "wow" item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child's favorite things to receive!

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