Through the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization headed up by Franklin Graham, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 150 million shoe boxes filled with toys, personal hygiene items, booklets, school supplies, and other items not readily available locally to many of the recipients. What started in 1993 as a relatively small campaign to help homeless children in Romania has expanded into one of the largest relief and evangelism programs of its kind (180 countries). It isn’t too early to start thinking about how you and your family can participate – Operation Christmas Child is your opportunity to impact young lives as well as demonstrate to your family the real meaning of Christmas: giving.
In 2010 we made 250 boxes, in 2011 350, in 2012 we dedicated 475, over 500 in 2013, 2014 and over 600 in 2015. For 2016 and 2017 we exceeded 700! And in 2018 we reached 909 shoeboxes. Each box represents a child who will receive the good news of Jesus Christ.
Our church has participated in this project in years past. We work mostly in early fall, concluding in early November.
Things you can do:
• Donate items for the shoebox
• Donate money for the purchase of items or mailing
• Watch for and respond to times to come and pack boxes
• Want more information, call Dave Evans (623-214-6870)
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Cor. 13:13
Christmas Shoebox Needed Items
The following list includes some gift ideas for your shoebox:
For boys or girls in age category (2-4 yrs, 5-9 yrs, or 10-14 yrs)
Small cars, balls, small dolls, small stuffed animals, Kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, Slinky®, etc.
Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, ink pad sets, small writing pads, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, small Bibles, etc.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), combs, washcloths, brushes, etc.
T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, flashlights (with extra batteries), and other items for young girls and boys small enough to fit in the shoebox.
A PERSONAL NOTE
In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items, military toys, scissors, razors/blades, no food or edibles including candy-chocolates-gum, liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.