Operation Christmas Child

Boxing and Wrapping Party Night is Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, from 5-7 p.m.

Microsoftteams Image 2 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 eleventh year we have gathered as a community to pack these shoeboxes together at an Operation Christmas Child party.

Nov. 4-15 we will be collecting donations of items that are needed to pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The following items would be wonderful additions to the supplies we will use to pack shoe boxes at our Operation Christmas Child Party: 

• Basic school supplies (that will fit in a shoe box) 
• Bar soap 
• Washcloths 
• Toothbrushes
• Combs and hairbrushes 
• Small toys or games (no toy weapons) 
• Small stuffed animals 
• Picture books 

Keep in mind that donations of gently-used toys, stuffed animals and picture books are welcomed and appreciated also. 

On Wednesday, November 15, 5-7 p.m., we will hold our Operation Christmas Child Party, joining together to pack and wrap shoe boxes to send to children around the world who may have never received a Christmas gift before. The packing and wrapping of shoeboxes will take place in the gym.

HOW TO SPONSOR A SHOEBOX: Before coming, please sponsor a shoebox by writing a check to Samaritan’s Purse for $10 OR you can also sponsor your box by paying online at https://sampur.se/2WUlWEk and scroll down to Printable Labels. Here you can sponsor a box and print a label for that box. Please bring the label to the packing and wrapping night! (Each box we send must be accompanied by a check or printed shipping confirmation for shipping)  


WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE IN THE BOX: Candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; scary or war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.