How You Can Help:
- Pick up shoeboxes in the church foyer. Decide if your gift is for a boy or a girl and choose an age group (2-4), 5-9, or 10-14). Mark the label on the top of your box. There is always a great need for boxes for boys 10-14. Please only pack new items in the box.
- Fill your box! Each box should contain a new item from the following categories: Winter clothing (scarf, gloves, hat, socks), Toys (Cuddle toy, cars, dolls, Legos, balls, football with pump, skipping rope, aga appropriate puzzles), Hygiene items (Toothbrush and Toothpaste, facecloth, and soap), School supplies (Pencils, markers, colors, A5 exercise book, solar calculators), Chocolate and Sweets (plain milk chocolate without nuts, fillings or gelatin).
- Attach an envelope to the outside of the box with 8€ to cover shipping costs. Please include a card or personal note from you and your family. You may also add a photo if you’d like!
- Return your box to the church foyer by 30 October.
- Pack your own shoebox! Go to: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/ to find out how! Deadline is 30 October.
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WHAT IS THE MISSION OF 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.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each year, individuals, churches, and community groups worldwide fill shoeboxes (or small plastic containers) with gifts for children in war-torn or poverty-stricken countries. The boxes are transported to Samaritan’s Purse locations where a book about Jesus (in the child’s native language) is added, before being shipped to the child’s country. Local churches then distribute the boxes to area children in need.
BEYOND THE BOX: The Operation Christmas Child Discipleship Program
The Operation Christmas Child ministry extends far beyond a gift-filled shoe box. A primary goal of the project is to offer children the opportunity to participate in the Operation Christmas Child Discipleship Program, and to give every graduate a New Testament in their local language. In 2009-2010, an estimated 1.9 million children had the opportunity to participate in the program, with an estimated 1.2 million of these boys and girls completing the series of Bible lessons. These discipleship materials are used by local churches as effective resources to show children how to come into relationship with God, to explore His Word, and to encourage children to grow in their faith.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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