Operation Christmas Child: This year, Calvary 316 will be participating in Operation Christmas Child! Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful program created by Samaritan’s Purse. Its mission is to provide children around the world with shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching them in their community to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. The children receiving these boxes are those affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease. This program is a great way to get your children involved and begin teaching them the importance of giving and ministry.
Please join us on Sunday, November 6th, as we gather together to pack our shoeboxes and to pray for the children that will be receiving them. The whole family is invited! Just bring your items to fill your box and your shoebox. A pizza lunch will be served as well. Our goal is 100 boxes!
Each shoebox will be sealed with a shipping label to indicate if the box is for a boy or girl and what age the box is for (2-4 yrs, 5-9rs, 10-14 yrs). Please keep in mind the age and gender you are shopping for when picking out your gifts. Each box asks for a $10 donation in order to cover shipping and processing fees. If you choose to donate, you will be able to track your shoebox and see where it lands by using the QR code on your label. Labels will be given at the packing event or at the information center if packing at home.
For those wanting to participate but not pack a shoebox, we are happy to receive financial donations to cover the $10 donations with each box. This can be done the same way that you tithe. You can also choose to donate gift items at the information center on Sunday mornings and we will use them to pack more boxes. Any offering is gladly appreciated!
Some Suggested Gift Ideas: A “Wow” Item such as a doll, action figure, soccer ball and pump, stuffed animal, instrument… Hygiene Items such as hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, bandaids, cups and spoons, blanket… Clothing such as shirts, pants, underwear, shoes and socks, hats, sunglasses, and hair bows… School supplies such as crayons and markers, notebooks, pencils, a manual sharpener, stickers, play-doh, watercolors… Toys such as etch-a-sketch, toys cars, books, slinky, balls, kites, and electronic games with extra batteries. A personal note and a photo of your family (we will have sheets at the information center for children to fill out and include as well).
Please DO NOT Include the following: Candy, Toothpaste, Gum, Used Items, Scary or War-Related Items, Food, Drink Mixes, Seeds, Liquids or Lotions, Medicines or Vitamins, Glass/Breakable Items, Aerosol Cans. For more information please contact Millie Parkin at [email protected].