Our church has been partnering with Operation Christmas Child for the past several years. This ministry sends shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and Christian resources to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.
Last year, our church collected 144 shoeboxes!
This year we'd like to match or even exceed that goal.
Will you help us share the Good News with children in need?
Boxes are available for free in the church sanctuary. Pick up a box and a packing slip.
Decide who you want to receive the box: boy or girl, age 2-14.
Take the box home, fill it up, and bring it back to church by Sunday, November 17th.
You can find more instructions and a suggested packing list here.
Each shoebox costs $9 to ship. Not everyone has extra money to cover that cost. If you do, why not consider paying someone else's shipping? Sunday school kids especially love packing shoeboxes, but often don't have the funds to ship the boxes or to buy supplies.
We'll have a "penny box" in the back of the sanctuary all month for people to drop change, cash, or checks to help cover the costs of shipping and supplies. You can also donate during offering time or through our donation page. Simply designate your gift "shoebox fund."
We're hosting our first ever shoebox packing party on Saturday, November 9th! Join us at church at 10 a.m. as we sort supplies, write letters, fill boxes, and enjoy time together helping others. We'll provide the shoeboxes, the supplies, and even snacks! People of all ages - and churches! - are welcome to attend.
Last year, congregants took to social media to show off their boxes and encourage friends to get involved. One especially dedicated man convinced his coworkers to donate funds to Sunday school kids. It sounds scary, but you never know who might be looking for a way to give back or get involved this holiday season!
As you give, pack, and share, be sure to pray over every step of the process.
These little boxes are traveling to some of the most desperate places on the planet, and they have a long way to go before they get to the eager arms of a child. That child may be facing more than any of us could imagine - more, certainly, than a single shoebox could address. But we send these shoeboxes as ambassadors of Christ, and there is no situation too dire for Him to handle.
Pray that these boxes would arrive safely at their destinations, and that the children who receive them would also receive the God who sent them!