Posted by: Anne | October 20, 2012

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is a charitable effort in which individuals and/or groups pack small toys and supplies into a shoebox. The boxes will then be distributed by volunteers from the organization Samaritan’s Purse “to more than 8 million struggling children in 100 countries.”

This year, National Collection Week for the boxes is November 12-19, but you may send completed boxes year-round to their headquarters.

* Stuck for ideas on what to pack? Just a few suggestions: school supplies ( pencils, notepads, crayons), low tech toys (jacks, small cars, stuffed animals, balls), personal care (combs, fingernail clippers, toothpaste and brush, soap, wash-cloths), etc.

* If packing a box, if you use the plastic containers, put a colorful bandanna in as a liner. This way, the contents are a surprise and then they can use it too.

* Even if you can’t pack a shoe box, you can still help by adopting a box’s shipping donation–a very important part of the gift!

To learn more – including more suggestions for what to pack and where to drop-off the packed boxes – visit:

www.SamaritansPurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/

or
www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes

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