The amazing journey of a simple shoebox gift begins with you and results in evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication! Partnering with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox outreach, we have ambitious goal of donating 1,000 boxes this year. Please stop by the South Information Center in the Lobby and pick up empty boxes and learn more how you can help us reach our goal.

Please return your shoeboxes by Wednesday, November 14, to our South Information Center in the Lobby.

Here a few ideas of items you can include in your boxes:

  • Comb, Hairbrush, Toothbrush, Washcloth, Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container), Adhesive bandages (Colorful ones can help a child be more willing to wear a bandage. Do not include liquid antibiotic ointment.) Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or washcloths to maximize the space.)
  • Pencils, Small manual pencil sharpener, Colored pencils, Pencil case, Crayons, Markers, Pens, Coloring pads, Coloring books, Picture book, Notebooks, Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue.), Small adhesive tape, Watercolor set [Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper],Playdough (Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough.) ,Stickers, Skipping rope/Jump rope, Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets. 
  • Foam ball, Kickball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated), Finger puppets,Slinky, Etch A Sketch, Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries)
  • You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

For a complete list of ideas please visit Operation Christmas Child's website here.

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