Operation Christmas Child – Time to Pack Shoe Boxes!
It’s time to pack shoe boxes for children in foreign lands who benefit from Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. November 12-19 is collection week, and there are plenty of drop-off points, including Believers Eastern Church at the local ministry headquarters for Gospel for Asia in Wills Point. If you aren’t dropping off your boxes filled with small toys, personal items, and other goodies at a local participating church in Van Zandt County, you can bring them to Believers Eastern Church on the Gospel for Asia campus weekdays between 9-5 from Nov. 12-16. On Saturday the 17th, drop-off shoe boxes between 10-12 noon. On Sunday the 18th, drop-off from 2-4 p.m. On Monday the 19th, drop-off shoe boxes from 8-10 a.m. At that time, the shoe boxes will be transported from Believers Eastern Church to the distribution center in Tyler.
Aside from giving shoe boxes full of gifts to boys and girls in other countries at Christmas time, goals of Operation Christmas Child go deeper. Discipleship through The Greatest Journey program for willing shoe box recipients includes sharing the Gospel of Jesus with a booklet titled, The Greatest Gift. Through this teaching tool and follow-up meeting in area churches, children discover the sacrifice made for them by God’s only begotten Son, so that they might believe on Him and have everlasting life; and share that loving message with their families and others. Learn more about the journey of an Operation Christmas Child shoe box here.
How do you pack a shoe box? Get a shoe box. Leave it unwrapped. Decide whether it will be for a boy or girl, and choose an age range: 2-4; 5-9; or 10-14. Fill the shoe box with gifts. Ideas for packing shoe boxes include: fun toys, t-shirts, hygiene items, school supplies. There are exclusions such as, candy, gum, toothpaste, fruit, snacks, and war-related toys such as, toy guns and knives. Visit Frequently asked questions about shoe box gift suggestions for more ideas.
Remember to pray over your box and for its child recipient. Labeling your box is very important, so volunteers know for whom your box is intended. You can even track your shoe box gift and discover its destination. It costs $9 for the processing, collecting, shipping, and other project costs related to each shoe box; so a check for $9 per shoe box is greatly appreciated, though not required. Donations are tax deductible, since Samaritan’s Purse is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.
Find the drop-off location nearest you here.