Operation Christmas Child

On October 1st, 2010, posted in: Take A Stand by

Never has a shoebox done so much to spread the hope of Jesus. Involve your family or class in a fun project that allows them to serve children in other parts of the world in a tangible way. Operation Christmas Child’s mission is to demonstrate God’s love to needy children around the world. Since 1993, children in 95 countries have received shoeboxes.

Order materials for your group at Samaritan’s Purse. You’ll receive promotional posters, flyers, instructions for packing and mailing shoeboxes, a video to show to your group, and shoebox labels for each participant. Materials include guidelines for which toys, school supplies, hygiene, and food items are acceptable and which ones are not.

Children can personalize their gift by writing a note to the child who will receive the box. They may enclose a photo of them or their whole family. If they include their name and address, the child receiving the box may write back.

You will need to send $7 for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. Donating online by using the EZGIVE option enables children to track where their shoeboxes travel and which country they go to.

National Collection Week for shoeboxes is November 15-22. To find the collection center that is closest to you, you can use the interactive map on the Samaritan’s Purse website or call 1.800.353.5949. You may also mail your completed boxes year-round to Samaritan’s Purse.

Encourage your kids to pray for the girl or boy who will receive their shoebox. After boxes make their way overseas, they will be hand delivered to children by local churches and ministry partners. Where appropriate, the gospel is presented in a creative way and children are offered a small booklet that tells about Jesus in their own language. Later on, local churches and ministry partners may offer a discipleship program to the group of children who received the Operation Christmas Child boxes.

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