GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, an organization that serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The mission of OCC is not only to provide a gift-filled shoebox…but to transform the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!
The shoeboxes open up opportunities for children to learn about Christ through The Greatest Journey, a discipleship program to train up children around the world. This program is made possible by donations from individuals like you!
Learn more about Operation Christmas Child at http://www.samaritanspurse.org
OCC Packing Event – Nov. 12
On November 12, 2017, we will be gathering in the Sanctuary at 9:45 am to share the love of Jesus by packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Last year, we packed and shipped 544 boxes in 1 hour. This year, our goal is 650 boxes and we will need your help to reach that goal!
Here’s some ways you can help:
VOLUNTEER: There are many volunteer opportunities for all ages before, during, and after November 12.
- Prepare for the Shoebox Packing Event
- Help during and after the Packing Event
- Help with the Community Relay Center at Beautiful Savior
- Load the crated shoeboxes from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and the local community into semi-trucks
DONATE FOR SHOEBOXES: We will begin accepting donations for our Packing Event beginning on Oct. 21. Donations can be placed at the displays outside the Sanctuary or Church Office. Drop off donation items by November 5.
- Toothbrushes (NO toothpaste)
- Bars of hand soap and 12 washcloths (NO liquid soap)
- Hair brushes and combs
- Pencils and pencil sharpeners
- Miscellaneous school supply items (crayons, markers, calculators, scissors, etc.)
- Small toys (cars, yo-yo’s, jump ropes, small rubber balls, hair accessories for girls, small puzzles, musical instruments, whistles, etc.)
- Pairs of socks
M&M’s® TUBE DONATIONS:
- Enjoy the M&M’s®, fill the container with quarters, and return to the Welcome Center.
- This year, donations will go towards The Greatest Journey, a program that tells the story of Jesus Christ which kids are invited to participate in as they are receive their shoebox.
Prepare for the Packing Event:
Grab a box…
- OCC Ready to assemble shoebox
- Plastic shoebox & lid lined with tissue paper
- Shoebox of your own, wrapped with Christmas paper (lid and box wrapped separately).
Decide what age child you are packing a shoebox for…
- Boy or Girl
- 2-4 years old
- 5-9 years old
- 10-14 years old
Go Shopping for…
- A WOW! item – special gift like a soccer ball (deflated so it fits in the box and a pump to inflate), a doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), stuffed animal, jewelry, pair of shoes, toy (puppet, truck, etc.), musical instrument (kazoo, whistle, recorder, maracas, small tambourine, etc.)
- An age appropriate t-shirt
- Items to donate (select a group and bring several of them to church by November 5)
- toothbrushes (NO toothpaste)
- bars of hand soap and 12 washcloths (NO liquid soap)
- hair brushes and combs
- pencils and pencil sharpeners
- miscellaneous school supply items (crayons, markers, calculators, scissors, etc.)
- small toys (cars, yo-yo’s, jump ropes, small rubber balls, hair accessories for girls, small puzzles, musical instruments, whistles, etc.)
- pairs of socks
Come to our Packing Event with your…
- A special WOW! gift
- An appropriate sized t-shirt to go with the gifts
- A note & picture telling about you and your family
- Prayers for the child receiving your shoebox that they may receive Jesus’ love and a seed of faith is planted and nurtured with The Greatest Journey program.