Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child has distributed more than 100 million shoebox gifts worldwide!


2018 Operation Christmas Child Takes Off!!


This year, as in years past, we will be participating in Operation Christmas Child. This worldwide outreach of Samaritan's Purse touches the lives of millions of hurting children each year. "Send a Box" is new this year.  This simple box symbolizes God's love for them and opens doors to introduce boys and girls to God's greatest gift-Jesus Christ. 


So many of you have been busy buying items for our Pack-A-Box Party and packing your personal boxes to be sent to children all over the world. What a joy it is to see you carrying your boxes into church. THANK YOU! Here are the important dates to remember: · November 9: Set-up for Pack-a-Box Party at 9:00 AM ·


November 10: Pack-A-Box Party Starting at 9:00 AM, we will pack boxes until we run out of contents; everyone is invited—parents and grandparents with children, youth, and adults—you will find this experience so rewarding! We usually are done around noon, but come for whatever time you can. Whether you pack many or just a few, we will appreciate your time. Refreshments will be available.


· November 11: “Pennies for Boxes” Collection We hope you have been saving your small change to help defray the cost of shipping Pack-A-Box Party boxes. These contributions will be collected during worship services on Sunday, Nov. 11. ·


November 12-19: Collection Week A sign-up sheet is at the Church Office Window. Please sign up for as many three-hour periods as you can—starting at 9 AM and ending at 6 PM. Our Boy Scout troop will take care of Sunday afternoon. WMIT will be broadcasting from our site on Nov. 13, 3–7 PM; we’ll need extra help then, because many will choose that time to drop off their boxes. · November 18: OCC Dedication Sunday At the 10:55 AM service we will dedicate all boxes done by church members and at the Pack-A-Box party. If you are new to packing boxes, here are some guidelines: · All boxes should contain bar soap, a washcloth, and a tooth-brush. Other hygienic items (combs, brushes, lip balm, and hair accessories) are great. But please no toothpaste or liquids like shampoo, liquid soap, or lotion, or aerosol cans. · School supplies are cherished by children 5 years and above; many cannot attend school unless they have supplies. Consider how items are used—if you give pencils, a sharpener, eraser and paper make the gift complete. For younger children, large crayons, paper, and coloring books work well. · Small games and puzzles appropriate to the age group are great as long as they do not require knowledge of English. · Toys are also greatly valued—a stuffed animal, dolls, toy cars, and clothes are prized by younger children. For the older children, consider getting tools, calculators, balls and air pumps, jump ropes, sewing kits, small musical instruments, and craft kits. If you include a toy or flashlight that requires batteries, include extra batteries. Do not include used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers. · PLEASE do not include any candy or chocolate or food—these will be removed before shipping. · PLEASE DO REMOVE all packaging from all items; many communities do not have a means of collecting trash, so packaging is just thrown on the ground. · You do not need to stuff the box full; room will be needed for the message of Christ’s love.


· Include a personal note and photo of you or your family; if you include your address, the child may be able to write you. · Make sure you label your boxes with the gender and age group of the child the box is intended for. The best way to do this is to go to the website http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ operation-christmas-child/followyour-box/#step5 to donate $9 per box online. You will receive a label and an email about the country where your box was delivered. We are often asked about what happens to the boxes after you bring them to church. They are placed in cartons and taken to the distribution center in Charlotte. There they are opened—only to verify that there are no prohibited items such as liquids, candy, or military toys—but the boxes are left intact. We ask you to pray for the children who will receive your boxes and know that God led you on what to include in the boxes that will make them perfect for the recipients. OCC-Continued Joy in Zambia —and YOU made it happen! Do you have some change in your pocket or purse at the end of the day? Do you want to help change" a child's life by helping to pay for the shipping cost of a shoebox? Sure you do! So at the end of the day, drop that change into a container and then bring it to church on November 11. Your Operation Christmas Child Team will use it to help give a child a chance for presents and to hear about Jesus. PENNIES FOR SHOEBOX.






2017 Re-cap

“A GREAT BIG THANKS” to so many of you who contributed to our annual Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box effort. You shared the Lord's blessings in many ways -- prayers, bringing in items to fill shoe boxes, those who filled boxes with donated items, those who financed and/or filled their own shoe box and for the many hours of volunteer time leading up to and including Collection Week. Our church collected 1,330 shoe boxes! Our Collection Center, which this year included Henderson and Transylvania counties, collected, processed and loaded 9,381 shoe boxes! We are thankful for all of our dedicated OCC team volunteers, especially Dale and Linda Stephen’s leadership and dedication all year long to promote and encourage this wonderful outreach. To God be the Glory!

Please take a box and fill it up!