Our church participates in Operation Christmas Child every year. This year we are taking and filling two boxes, one for a boy and one for a girl. Operation Christmas Child is something so simple that almost anyone can do if you would like to help a less fortunate child have a little bit of Christmas this year. All you have to do is fill a empty shoe box or plastic box and with items that you think a boy or girl who won't get to celebrate Christmas the way that we do, would like to receive. The most important part about this is that you should pray for the child or children who you are filling the box for.
We chose the 2-4 year old age range and so far we have filled our boxes with, crayons, coloring books, books to read, play-dough, tooth brushes and toothpaste, and stickers, I am also going to get a toy car and baby doll too. Such simple things, but for a child who probably won't get anything else for Christmas, I can only imagine how much joy their box will bring.
Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page.
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation”option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.
Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop it off at the
collection center nearest you during our collection week, November 12-19, 2012.