Good News. Great Joy.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. It is their mission to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. They ship these gifts outside of the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
This is not aid, but a gift to children who don’t normally receive it, for the purposes of spreading the gospel message to unreached or under-reached areas of the World.
Mount Calvary Church is committed as a church body to three things:
1. Packing 150 gift-filled shoe boxes together as a church
2. Packing quality items
3. Paying the entire shipping costs. Shipping cost $9 per box this year.
In order to accomplish this, we need individuals and families to be willing to do the following things:
- Pack a completed shoe box (es) on their own time with their own resources
- Donate gift items towards shoe boxes which will be packed in a shoe box packing party
- Donate money, if you feel led, towards shipping the shoe boxes overseas.
- Donate time by volunteering in a number of ways to ensure the collection and packing go smoothly
***We have collection bins for donated items in the Church Lobby and Church Office. We also have a soccer ball collection bin at Upwards Football games.***
Every week we will be collecting different themed items based on Operation Christmas Child’s suggested donations list.
October 14-October 20 | Hygiene Items
October 21-October 27 | School Supplies
October 28-November 3 | Toys
November 3-November 10 | WOW Items & Financial Contributions
These dates and items are only a suggestion. Please feel free to donate whatever you feel led to give at any time!
November 11, 6pm
We will be packing shoe boxes with the donated items,
praying over the children who will be receiving them,
and celebrating the spread of the
You can find more thorough information by visiting the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child website at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
There is also an Operation Christmas Child display table in our church lobby with pamphlets, suggested donation lists, sample boxes, and shoe boxes to take home to pack.
Feel free to contact our Operation Christmas Child project leader Daisy Allison with any additional questions.
*All pictures belong to Samaritan's Purse*