Operation Christmas Child – Build a Shoebox!
Would you and your family consider putting together a shoebox for Operation Christmas child?
These shoeboxes, along with an introduction to the gospel, are sent around the world to children ages 2-14 as a way to tangibly demonstrate the love of God to children who have never heard the truth of the Gospel.
Where do I start?
- Decide if you want to make a shoebox for a girl or boy
- Then choose the age range you wish your box to go to (2-4 years, 5-9 years, or 10-14 years)
- Pick up a shoebox from the church OR purchase a shoebox sized plastic storage container!
- Fill your box with goodies
- Include a letter – with photos if possible – from your family
- Include $9 for shipping, if possible
- Put the shoebox in the large carton in the Fellowship Hall at BBC
What do you put in a shoebox?
- A “Wow! Toy” such as a soccer ball and pump, toy car with large wheels, solar powered flashlight, sewing kit with fabric, doll, fishing kit, etc.
- School supplies – many of these children can not attend school unless they have their own supplies such as pencils, crayons, colored pencils and pens. Please consider including sharpeners!
- Durable plastic cups, bowls or plates.
- Personal Hygiene items such as soap, washcloths, and toothbrushes.
- Clothes that are size-appropriate and could be used in a variety of climates. (t-shirts, tennis shoes, or sandals)
There is a TON of information on the Samaritan’s Purse website including tips for creating fabulous shoe boxes, things to avoid including, and more!
Stay tuned for more opportunities with Operation Christmas Child — packing parties are scheduled for 11/7 and 11/9, and there will be sign-up lists for collection week as well!