Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. The idea is simple: packing shoeboxes and sending them to children in need. But there’s more to it than that.
As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language. (Description taken from Samaritan’s Purse website)
Shoebox Drop off Date: November 12-19
> Download a list of suggested items and directions on how to pack a shoebox.
How to pack a shoebox
Find a Shoebox
You can grab one of the shoeboxes available in the foyer of Bethel Church.
Or you can use an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.
Girl or Boy?
Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
Fill with Gifts (consider a $9.00 donation to cover shipping costs)
Select a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
You can also donate for shipping and register your box on Samaritan’s Purse’s website. This will allow you to track the box and watch where it goes. Do this before you drop off your box at Bethel Church.
Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.
Drop-Off (Bethel Fergus Falls is a drop off location – Nov. 12-19)
Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, November 12-19. Bethel Fergus Falls is an area drop off location.
DID YOU KNOW?
A group of Bethel Youth will be traveling down to the Twin Cities to volunteer at the regional processing center in early December. Please pray for this team and for the shoeboxes as they are prepared and delivered to children around the world!