Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project that is sponsored through Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization. People take a simple shoebox, wrap it in colorful paper and fill it with items such as those suggested below. This gift-filled shoe box brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world. These gifts enable Samaritan’s Purse to share the Good News of God’s greatest gift – His Son, Jesus Christ – with boys and girls who need to know how much Jesus loves them.
October 22-Shoe Box Kick Off
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1) Take a box (or as many as you wish to fill) from the display in the lobby
2) Prepare your own box at home
3) Participate in our 6th annual Packing Party on November 10th at 6pm in Lower Level Family Life
4) Make monetary or supply donations; and/or
5) Do any or all of the above. The deadline to accept boxes is November 12.
Three key things to know when filling boxes: 1) Samaritan’s Purse requests a $9.00 donation per box to help cover the shipping and handling, 2) Wrap the lid separate from the box, and 3) Please follow the guidelines for what not to include in your box.
If you have questions, want to make donations or would like to help in any way, please contact Dana Clements at (314) 650-2284.
Suggested Gift Ideas are as follows:
HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or colored pencils or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, Etch A Sketch ®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans