Wednesday, Nov. 20; 5 to 7 p.m.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child, a service project led by Samaritan’s Purse, 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.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has been a way for churches to gather and prepare to send shoeboxes lovingly filled with small tokens that let needy children around the world know that we have love and care for them. This project is a wonderful way for us all here at Holy Name of Jesus to Be the Hands of Christ for a child who has never before received a gift.
This will be the ninth year we have gathered as a community to pack these shoeboxes together at an Operation Christmas Child party. Last year we packed over 360 shoeboxes which were sent to various third world countries.
This year our Operation Christmas Child party takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The packing and wrapping of shoeboxes will take place in the gym. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served in the Good Samaritan Center from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. thanks to our fabulous Wednesday Fine Dining Crew! Free will donations for the meal are accepted and appreciated.
During our Season of Giving Collection here at Holy Name of Jesus, taking place Nov. 9 through Nov. 20, the following items would be wonderful additions to the supplies we will use to pack shoeboxes at our Operation Christmas Child Party:
- Basic school supplies (that will fit in a shoebox - pencils/erasers/pencil sharpners/etc.)
- Bar soap
- Toothbrushes (no toothpaste)
- Combs and hairbrushes
- Small toys or games (no toy weapons)
- Small stuffed animals
- Art Supplies (small notebookx/crayons/markers/colored pencils/etc.)
- Small Picture books or Activity Books (that will fit in a shoebox)
- Wrapping paper
PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to take toothpaste or candy due to troubles OCC has had getting boxes through customs.
Sponsor a shoebox by writing a check to Samaritan’s Purse for $9 (each box we send must be accompanied by a check for shipping).
If you'd like to sponsor your box online ahead of time, please click HERE and simply print out your sponsorship note and put that onyour box during our Packing Party evening! You'll also be able to track your box around the world to see where it is in the process of being sent to those in need!
Donations of gently-used toys, stuffed animals and picture books are welcomed and appreciated! Every item we gather will give great joy to a child half a world away! Begin gathering donations now, and make plans to join in the packing fun on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
For more information about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.