Our church is thrilled to partner with Samaritan’s Purse in collecting and packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
We want this effort to be a year-round initiative, so every month we highlight different items to purchase and secure for filling shoeboxes. (scroll down for the complete yearly list)
Featured item(s) for October:
Girls underwear, small sewing and tool kits, fishing items (lures, fishing lines, hooks, sinkers), rain ponchos, extras.
Watch this short video to see the impact that a simple shoebox can have, and then visit the Operation Christmas Child website to learn more about how you can be involved and the impact Christ can have through you around the world.
2017 Operation Christmas Child Collection Schedule
Please keep in mind all items must fit in a standard-size shoebox. No liquids or gels that could spill or chocolate that will melt. No war-themed toys.
January: Wash cloths and soap (bars only)
February: Toothbrushes, lip balm, dental floss, small pkg. of tissues
March: Bandanas, baseball caps, stocking hats, gloves
April: Small toys: cars, yo-yos, kazoos, jump ropes, dolls, Hot Wheels, jewelry, small stuffed animals, puzzles, mini play dough, etc.
May: Craft items, coloring books, picture books, picture cards, Uno, Old Maid, etc.
June: Brushes or combs, hair clips and ties, head bands, bobby pins, rubber band bracelets
July: Socks, sunglasses, small flashlights and extra batteries
August: School supplies: crayons, pencils, pens, small notebooks, markers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, water colors, stickers, rulers, solar calculators, etc.
September: Donations to ship shoe boxes ($9/box recommended)
October: Girls underwear, small sewing and tool kits, fishing items (lures, fishing lines, hooks, sinkers), rain ponchos, extras
November: Packing party month (Church collection Sunday – November 12)
Donations toward shipping may be made any month. Mark on your check or envelope “OCC Shipping.”
Note: the items in bold print are the things we try to make sure each child receives in their box.
Boxes are designated by gender and by age before being sent. The age brackets are 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, 10-14 years old.