Operation Christmas Child
Love in a Box
What is Operation Christmas Child?
Operation Christmas Child is a unique project of Samaritan’s Purse that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes. More than 80 million children in 130 countries have been touched by Operation Christmas Child since 1993.
Through Operation Christmas Child families and individuals of all ages have the opportunity to be part of a simple, hands-on project that can transform the lives of children and families as whole communities have the opportunity for further change through other development projects.
Gift-filled shoe boxes, the Power of a Simple Gift. It’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about. A real Christmas gift is one that says “You’re loved & matter to God.” Children who receive OCC shoe boxes may never have received a gift before. When they realize the gift is for them, they’re delighted. Their faces show their excitement! Want to be apart of this exciting ministry?
Steps to Packing a Shoe box
1. Find a shoe box:
You can do this by either collecting a pre-printed OCC shoe box and pamphlet from our church office. These will be available to collect during office hours or on a Sunday Morning during the Church Service.
If you don’t wish to wait to get a pre-printed shoe box, you can use any shoe box you have lying around the house or from a local shoe shop. All you need to do is make sure the shoe box is no larger than 30cm x 21cm x 12cm (about the size of a piece of A4 paper x 12cm depth).
2. Decide whether you will pack your shoe box for a boy or girl.
And what age group you are going to choose: 2 – 4 years, 5 – 9 years or 10 – 14 years.
3. Fill your shoe box with gifts. It is important to make sure you fill your box with something from each of the following categories:
SOMETHING TO LOVE: Teddy bear, doll, soft toy etc.
SOMETHING FOR SCHOOL: Exercise book, pencil case, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk etc.
SOMETHING TO WEAR: socks, cap, t-shirt, shorts, jandals, underwear etc.
SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH: Tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, yo-yo, finger puppets, puppets, wind up torch etc. (No battery operated items)
SOMETHING FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE: Soap & flannel, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, hair-clips, headband, hair-ties etc.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: Carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, stickers, note or photo of yourself etc.
4. Most importantly PRAY over your shoe box. Pray for the child that will receive your shoe box and that the shoe box goes to the right child that God intended for it to go to.
5. Donate $7 to help get your shoe box to its destination. If you can’t afford to fill a shoe box and donate the $7 as well, WE WILL PAY IT!!
Or you can pay the $7 online. You will then be able to print out a shipping label. By printing of the shipping label, this will mean you will be able to Follow your Shoe Box and discover the destination of your shoe box. These are the following labeling instructions
As you checkout, print your unique label or save it to your computer.
Take care not to cover the barcode with tape or damage it in any way as this can affect scanning. If your label is ripped or separated from the shoe box in the packing process, it may prevent us from tracking your gift.
You will receive an email for each destination country for your shoeboxes. If your boxes go to only one country, you will only receive one email.
6. Drop your shoe box at MANGO STREET KIDS BEFORE NOVEMBER 21st
What Not To Pack
ITEMS THAT LEAK OR MELT: (these can spoil boxes) including toothpaste, shampoo, bubbles and plasticine/play dough
FOOD OR LOLLIES OF ANY KIND: (due to customs regulations) including medicines and vitamins
USED OR DAMAGED ITEMS: (due to customs regulations) including worn clothing and old toys
BREAKABLE ITEMS: including glass, porcelain and mirrors
ITEMS THAT CAN SCARE OR HARM A CHILD: including war or pirate-related items such as toy guns, knives, military figures or skull and crossbones
GAMBLING-RELATED ITEMS: including play money, playing cards and dominoes
RELIGIOUS, RACIAL OR POLITICAL ITEMS
When to drop off Shoe boxes
Shoe boxes can be dropped off AT MANGO STREET KIDS 7581 MONTEREY ST. TUESDAY-FRIDAY 10-5:30 BEFORE NOVEMBER 21ST
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit their website.