It’s that time again! Sunday, November 11 will be our dedication day for Operation Christmas Child boxes. Our Faith Formation classes will pack boxes that morning. Individuals and families who pack boxes at home should have all boxes at church on that day. Boxes will go to the local collection site that week.
How can I participate? Through St Peter’s, you may choose to help
• by donating needed items that our faith formation classes will pack into boxes on November 11th . Suggested items are included with this article as well as in flyers available with displays at the church.
• By donating cash that will be used to cover shipping costs ($9 per box) or for purchases to help fill the boxes
• By packing a box (or two) on your own or with your family. Printed boxes and detailed information flyers are available with displays at the church. Pick up the information and begin by praying for a boy or girl, ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you select items for the box. Be sure to check for items that are not allowed or appropriate and plan to include a personal note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. Remember to include $9 for shipping (see flyer for details). If you need more ideas, check the ideas on the many Pinterest pages and the OCC website at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions.
Operation Christmas Child (aka OCC) is a division of Samaritan’s Purse ministries celebrating it’s 25th year bringing children all over the world, in more than 100 countries, a shoebox invitation to learn about Jesus Christ. Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are invited back to participate in a discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. More than 14.9 million children have enrolled in this program since 2009.
Suggested OCC items for boys or girls, ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-19 include:
A “WOW” item – Stuffed animal, soccer ball(be sure to include a manual air pump so the ball can be re-inflated), a small musical instrument (harmonica or recorder), backpack, doll, truck or boat, fun clothing item
Personal Care Items – toothbrush (NO TOOTHPASTE), deodorant, bar soap (NO LIQUIDS ALLOWED), comb, hairbrush, washcloth, flashlight (solar or hand crank, if battery operated, include extra batteries), non-liquid lip balm, ,compact mirror (unbreakable), nail clippers, reusable plastic containers, cup, bowl, blunt edged utensils
Clothing and Accessories – flip-flops, hat, socks, gloves, T-shirt, shorts, sunglasses, hair bows, clips or elastic bands, tote bag/purse, bandana
School supplies – pencils, small manual pencil sharpener, colored pencils, pens, erasers, notepads, crayons, markers, scissors, ruler, small tape measure, blank index cards, pencil case, notebook
Crafts and Activities – puzzles, binoculars, chalkboard and chalk, toolset and work gloves, fishing kit, brightly colored rope or twine, magnet, jump rope, playing cards, marbles, watercolor set and brushes, coloring book, sewing kit, gardening kit with gloves and hand tool (NO SEEDS)
Toys - foam ball, yo-yo, small Frisbee, kite kit, etch a sketch, kaleidoscope, plastic toys or figures, finger puppet, slinky, cars, trucks, boats, dinosaur, tennis ball (NO WAR RELATED ITEMS)
Do Not Include - Candy or food of any kind; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; seeds; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.