Operation Christmas Child 2017

Outreach is doing a November collection for Operation Christmas ChildOperation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world.

How to Pack a Shoebox:


Use average size empty cardboard or plastic shoebox. You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.

Boy or Girl

Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Use the appropriate boy/girl label.Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.

Gift Suggestions

Toys:Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies:pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Non-Liquid Hygiene Items:toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories:T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

A Personal Note:You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

Do NOT Include:Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Include $9 Donation Per Box

Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $9 for each gift you prepare. You can give onlineto discover the destination of your box.Or, you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. NOTE: Follow Your Box is only available through online giving.

REMBER TO PRAYfor the children who will receive your shoebox gifts.


Drop Off: Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to the church November 13-19, 2017.