Operation Christmas Child Outreach Shoeboxes

Here is the story behind Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes and how you can help now!

"Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God."

Dr. Robert Pierce wrote these now-famous words in his Bible after visiting suffering children on the Korean island of Kojedo. This impassioned prayer is what guided him as he founded and led the ministry of Samaritan's Purse a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.   Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under his leadership, Samaritan's Purse has met the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries.

Operation Christmas Child is a program of Samaritan’s Purse that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift. Along with shoe box gifts, millions of children are given Gospel booklets in their own language. Millions of shoe box gifts will be collected worldwide! After opening their shoebox gifts, many of the children read Gospel literature in their own language telling them about God’s love through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Many of their parents were reading the booklets as well. Several countries where foreign missionary activity is limited have been reached directly from this special mission project. All of this is made possible through the participation of many thousands of volunteers and churches around the world and the prayers of God’s people.

Here is how we can partner together to help!

  1. Get a shoebox(es)
  2. Choose the target (boy or girl) and age grouping (2-4, 5-9, or 10-14)
  3. Pack your box(es) according to the list below
  4. Bring the completed box(es) this Sunday, 11-18-12

Below is a list of reminders of what to pack AND not to pack for the boxes.

  • TOYS [small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, plastic kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES [pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, coloring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, etc.]
  • HYGIENE ITEMS [toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, washcloth, etc.]
  • OTHER [hard candy, lollipops, mints, gum, sunglasses, flashlights with extra batteries, ball caps, socks, T-shirts, toy jewelry sets, hair clips, watches, small picture books, etc.]
  • Do NOT include the following items: Used items, War-related items (toy guns, toy soldiers, knives, etc.), Perishable items (chocolate, canned foods, crackers, etc.), Liquids (shampoo, lotion, bubbles, etc.), Medicines (vitamins, cough drops, ointment, etc.), Breakable items (mirrors, china dolls, etc.) Imagine the smile you could help bring on a child’s face this Christmas!

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