Thank you church family for the way you embraced the mission of Operation Christmas Child this fall. Because of you, 229 children in need around the world will receive Christmas gifts and be introduced to Jesus Christ! In our first year as a Community Shoebox Drop-off Location, we collected a total of 667 shoebox gifts! We give God all the glory for the way He opened hearts in our community and area. Thank you for personally being involved in sharing good news and great joy with children who desperately need Jesus’ love.
Mountain View’s Community Drop-Off Center for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes is open from Monday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 23. Stop by First Baptist Church in Mountain View, and enter on the Highway 60 side under the covered gym entrance. We will look forward to meeting you there!!
Hours for the Drop-Off Center:
- Monday, Nov. 16: 9-11 a.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 17: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 18: 9-11 a.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 19: 6-8 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 20: 9-11 a.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 21: 9 a.m. to noon
- Sunday, Nov. 22: 2-4 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 23: 8-10 a.m.
There is one more week to pack your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! This Sunday, Nov. 15, we will have a special dedication time during both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services for the shoeboxes our church has packed.
Bring your boxes this Sunday, and we will bring them forward during the service and fill the stage with our gifts. Each box represents a child around the world who will be introduced to Jesus. Each box brings one child gifts and supplies they need, letting them know that somewhere in the world is a person who loves them, and help them to realize there is a God who loves them too.
It’s not too late to pick up a shoebox to pack! Stop by the church this week to get yours.
For more on Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ and check out the following links:
This fall, you are invited to make a difference in the life of a child by packing a shoebox with Operation Christmas Child!
Shoebox Collection Week is Nov. 16-23, and for the first time, you can drop your boxes off at First Baptist Church in Mountain View.
The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises in more than 150 countries and territories. This nondenominational ministry is part of Samaritan’s Purse, led by Franklin Graham. For more on this mission endeavor, visit www.samaritanspurse.com/occ.
When you pack a simple shoebox, you will impact a child for eternity! This is a great project for your family, community group or organization, Sunday School class and church! Fill the shoebox (which can be wrapped with the lid separate) with small toys, crayons and other school supplies, hygiene products and a special “wow” gift like a doll, stuffed animal, soccer ball or outfit. For gift ideas and how to pack for certain age groups (2-4, 5-9, 10-14 for boys and girls), visit www.samaritanspurse.com/occ or visit the local Facebook event page “Operation Christmas Child – Mountain View Shoebox Drop Off”.
The Shoebox collection schedule from Nov. 16-23 at First Baptist Mountain View is as follows:
Monday, Nov. 16, 9-11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2-4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23, 8-10 a.m.
First Baptist Church of Mountain View is located on Highway 60 in Mountain View, right across from Sonic, at 409 West US Highway 60. For questions about Operation Christmas Child, how you and your organization or church can get involved, or about the Community Collection Center, please contact Center Coordinator Jill Cobb at (417) 247-6283.