Operation Christmas Child News

Immanuel is an Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Location – We Need Your Help!

National Collection Week

November 12–19

During National Collection Week, nearly 5,000 drop-off locations will be open across the U.S. to receive shoebox gifts and Immanuel will be serving as one of those locations. But we need your help to make that possible! Prayer partners and volunteers (greeters, cartonizers, and loaders) are needed during the following shifts – can you help?

Mon, Nov. 5: Packing Party 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 12: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 13: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 14: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 14: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 15: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 16: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 17: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 18: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 19: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Mon, Nov. 19: 10:00 AM Load the Truck!

To sign up for a timeslot please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4eafab28aa8-operation1

Please contact Trephina Bedell (847-359-1549 or tbedell@ilcp.org) with questions or to sign up.

October and Operation Christmas Child at Immanuel: Preparing for the November 5th Packing Party!

Children in Fiji receiving shoebox gifts

It’s October and here at Immanuel that means that we’re counting down the clock until the November 5th Operation Christmas Child Packing Party! We’re focusing on basic items we still need: socks, hats, gloves, and bowls, utensils, and cups.

“It may be surprising, but most children in developing countries don’t have utensils to eat with; they have to eat with their hands. Can you imagine that?” says Immanuel’s Children’s Ministry Director, Trephina Bedell. “Schools don’t provide bowls or utensils either. The children who are able to bring a bowl and utensils to school go first at mealtime. It’s not because they are more important, but because the other children need the food to cool down first. Plates are too big for the shoeboxes, but we can easily fit in a bowl, cup (stuffed with other items) and high-quality plastic utensils. I recommend the KALAS line from Ikea.” An 18-piece set of flatware sells for $2.99 and you can divide that among 6 children. The KALAS bowls also sell for $2.99 for a set of 6. Bedell adds, “You’d be surprised at how much can fit in a shoebox. One of the boxes we packed weighed in at 16 pounds!”

Please note: the “official” Operation Christmas Child item of the month for October is “Letter and a Photo” and Immanuel is encouraging that as well. If you plan to pack a box, please bring a letter written to the shoebox recipient and a photo of yourself (optional) with you on November 5th – it will delight the child who receives the box that you packed.

Want to know more about the November 5th Packing Party?

Volunteers at our 2017 Packing Party

On November 5 starting at 6:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Palatine will be hosting a “Shoebox Packing Party” that is open to the entire community. Volunteers will fill shoeboxes with donated items – some fun, some practical, some both – and prepare those boxes to be sent around the world. The shoeboxes are part of Operation Christmas Child, a project that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes. These shoeboxes are filled with presents such as toys, school supplies, toothbrushes, combs, personal letters, and a variety of other small-sized gifts. For many children, their shoebox is the first gift they’ll ever receive. By including presents and personal letters, we communicate that someone cares. And it gives them an opportunity to experience the love of God.

Remember, WOW items, like a soccer ball with an air pump, school supplies and hygiene items are always needed. Simply drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

Did you know that we’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round?

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party in November 2018. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives.

Get Ready, Get Set, Go: American Heritage Girls Help Church Prepare for Operation Christmas Child Efforts

Members of the American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop #IL0412 participated in AHG’s National Service Day project by helping Immanuel Lutheran gear up for its annual Operation Christmas Child project. Immanuel is collecting shoebox items year round and there were several things that needed to be done. The girls tackled the tasks with enthusiasm. They

  • Counted, removed tags, tracked and boxed donated items
  • Assembled fishing kits and jump ropes
  • Sized and bagged socks for easy packing during the Community packing party on November 5

When asked about the National Service Day project, Trephina Bedell, Immanuel’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator, was quick to point out that, “it wasn’t just a one shot deal. AHG girls work on Operation Christmas Child (OCC) projects all year long. They even made their own “how to pack a shoebox” video last year in Immanuel’s AV studio. To see them enthusiastically embrace the behind-the-scenes, but necessary, tasks that they completed for National Service Day is heartening. They are growing in their serving. Their contributions really help propel Immanuel’s OCC efforts.” Immanuel invites the entire community to participate in those efforts in four ways:

      1. Donate! Drop off donations at Immanuel by Wednesday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Items donated will be used to pack boxes at the Community packing party on November 5. See Immanuel’s website for a list of accepted items.
      2. Help Pack Boxes at the Community Packing Party on November 5 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.!
      3. Pack your own box! Immanuel is a shoebox drop-off location again this year. Pack your own box and we will send it to the OCC processing center. National Collection Week is November 12 – 19.
      4. Become a volunteer! Help with the packing party or National Collection Week. Please contact Trephina Bedell at tbedell@ilcp.org for more information!

About American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls is a national organization that focuses on developing young women, embraces Christian values, and encourages family involvement. It helps girls learn skills that will help them in all areas of their lives…whether this is how to use a computer, learn about their ancestors, how to fish, or even what it takes to be an astronaut. Contact Trephina Bedell at tbedell@ilcp.org for more information about AHG at Immanuel.

About Immanuel Lutheran
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, a fixture in the Palatine community for nearly 150 years, offers a variety of programs and services to the people of Palatine, as well as weekly worship services. Immanuel is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station. To volunteer or for more information, please visit ImmanuelPalatine.org or call 847-359-1549.

The OCC Item of the Month is School Supplies

The Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Item of the Month for August is school supplies! Back to school sales make August the perfect month to purchase quality school supplies at great prices. A child receives a shoebox only once in their ENTIRE life – let’s make these boxes great!

OCC School supply list:

  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Crayola Crayons (24 count or smaller). Crayola crayons won’t melt when shipped overseas to warmer climates…other brands will.
  • Colored Pencils
  • Notebooks that will fit in a shoebox

Since savvy shoppers know that August is a fantastic month to find flip flops and summer clothes on sale, we’d like to remind everyone that we’re thrilled to collect all items year-round. There are a wide variety of clothing items appropriate for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes! For example:

  • T-shirts – Shirts without writing, are best. English is not the primary language in many of the OCC countries and kids may not even understand what is written on their shirts. There’s also a culture gap.
  • Shorts, especially those with elastic waistbands so they last and fit longer.
  • Skirts, especially with elastic waistbands
  • Hats
  • Flip Flops/Shoes – These are especially important because shoes help kids who have to walk long distances to get to school or to get water from a well.
  • Socks – These are key…it gets cold at night even though the days are hot.

Of course, WOW items, like a soccer ball with an air pump, are always needed.

Simply drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

august photo school supplies gift

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 2018. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate by donating something to include in the shoeboxes. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit our Operation Christmas Child page. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549

OCC’s Item of the Month for July is Clothing

July is a great time to purchase clothes on sale. Clothing can also be handmade. Either way, items should be new. A child receives a shoebox only once in their life – let’s make these boxes great!

There is a wide variety of clothing items appropriate for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes! For example:

  • T-shirts – Shirts without writing are best. English is not the primary language in many of the OCC countries and kids may not even understand what is written on their shirts. There’s also a culture gap.
  • Shorts, especially those with elastic waistbands so they last and fit longer.
  • Skirts, especially with elastic waistbands
  • Hats
  • Socks – These are key…it gets cold at night even though the days are hot.
  • Handmade “Pillowcase” Dresses
  • Flip Flops/Shoes – These are especially important because shoes help kids who have to walk long distances to get to school or to get water from a well. In some parts of the world, children have to walk long distances to school. They must wear shoes and provide their own school supplies, or they cannot attend. If they don’t have shoes, they can’t go to school. Flip flops are an excellent way to provide shoes for a child. Because the sizing is more general, they can wear them a long time, even as their feet grow.

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 2018. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate by donating something to include in the shoeboxes. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit our Operation Christmas Child page. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549

Toys are the June Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month

Did you know you could fit a soccer ball in a shoebox? Did you know that it’s a big deal? A soccer ball fits in a shoebox when it’s deflated. It’s a big deal when you put it - along with a small air pump -in an Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoebox! Buy a soccer ball and an air pump…you could make a difference in an entire village, as kids gather together to play a game. It may be the first time they have ever played with a ball!

It’s also a great time to do this - the June OCC item of the month is toys! We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round in preparation for a great packing party this November. Working year round gives us extra time to acquire special items for the shoebox at reasonable prices. Soccer balls aren’t the only option for OCC shoebox toys though. For more suggestions, visit the OCC website. Just remember - no candy, food, or liquids.

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 2018. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate by donating something to include in the shoeboxes. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit our Operation Christmas Child page. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549

Flip Flops Pave the Way To School – The $1 Old Navy Sale!

Flip flops are an iconic, and fun, part of the American summer, along with picnics, barbecues, and the beach. Flip Flops serve a more serious purpose in third world countries however. In some parts of the world, children have to walk long distances to school. They must wear shoes and provide their own school supplies, or they cannot attend. If they don’t have shoes, they can’t go to school. Flip flops are an excellent way to provide shoes for a child. Because the sizing is more general, they can wear them a long time, even as their feet grow.

This Memorial Day weekend Old Navy is offering flip flops for $1 each for their credit card holders. Old Navy also runs a big $1 flip flop sale for all customers each June. Watch for the 2018 sale… it’s an economical way to help fill a shoebox!

Simply drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

May’s OCC Item of the Month is Hygiene Items!

Living in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs it’s easy to take things like toothbrushes and other simple toiletries for granted. But hygiene items are incredible treats for children living in harsh conditions.

Liquid soaps are not accepted, but bar soap is wonderful. Toothpaste cannot be included, but a child’s oral hygiene can still be improved by regular use of a toothbrush alone. Toothbrushes can only be accepted if they are in SEALED packing. That means if you buy a multi-pack of toothbrushes, please leave them packaged. But that’s ok - those toothbrushes may be all the entire family ever has.

Simply drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More information on Operation Christmas Child can be found at
Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.
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The toothbrush meant a lot because before I had to share my toothbrush with 25 other girls.

Yuri

Honduras

I absolutely loved the washcloth. As an orphan I had to share a towel with about 20 kids. So when I got the washcloth I actually thought it was my own personal towel.

Vladimir

Russia

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 2018. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate by donating something to include in the shoeboxes. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit our Operation Christmas Child page.

“Stuffed Animals” is the Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month for April!

The April Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month is “stuffed animals” and the timing couldn’t be better! There are always so many affordable, small, stuffed animals in stores for Easter. Why not pick up a few when they are on clearance after Easter?

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round in preparation for a great packing party on November 5. Each box will need a “Wow” item - one thing that will instantly capture a child’s attention. “A stuffed animal is a terrific WOW item,” says Trephina Bedell, Immanuel’s children’s ministry coordinator and Operation Christmas Child point person. “They’re affordable, and may be the only stuffed animal a child ever gets. And even though a stuffed animal can be very affordable, it can provide great comfort.”

Or you can simply make a monetary donation! There’s a “mailbox” by the children’s ministries bulletin board by Fellowship Hall or you can donate online - just type OCC boxes in the “other” category.

Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

We’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round!

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party on November 5, 2018. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives. Even if you can’t make it, you can participate by donating something to include in the shoeboxes. Items must be new. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit our Operation Christmas Child page. Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549

The March Operation Christmas Child Item of the Month – Quality Crafts

This month we’re collecting crafts - either your handcrafted items or craft kits for the kids to make — for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 shoeboxes. There are many ways to participate this month!
 

  • Kids can make no sew scarves out of fleece.
  • Families can gather the items to put together a sewing kit. This will delight recipients and will greatly help their family as well.
  • Tool kits are also AMAZING contributions. Operation Christmas Child states that one of their “greatest needs is shoebox gifts for boys 10-14. Tools packed in these shoeboxes can help move young boys ahead on their journey to becoming independent and self-sufficient.”
  • Seasoned crafters will probably be able to whip up a few things at little or no cost. Crochet items, knitted, the classic pillowcase dress, and so much more. Pinterest offers a world of ideas. Here are some sewing, crocheting, knitting and no-sew projects recommended by OCC
  • Craft kits can be found in so many stores, including Walmart and those stores that regularly have 40% off coupons: Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Joann Fabric and Crafts.
  • Or you can simply make a donation! There’s a “mailbox” by the children’s ministries bulletin board by Fellowship Hall or you can donate online - just type OCC boxes in the “other” category.

March is also a time to shop for…

Smart shoppers take advantage of clearance sales, especially with OCC boxes. There are a wide variety of sale items appropriate for OCC shoeboxes:

  • Discounted Valentine’s Day stuffed animals and toys, as well as Easter items on sale.
  • Cold weather accessories.
  • Of course, WOW items are always needed!

Donations may be dropped off at Immanuel at any time. Please drop off your donations in the bin just outside of Fellowship Hall by the children’s ministries bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Trephina Bedell, tbedell@ilcp.org or 847-359-1549. More on information Operation Christmas Child can be found at Immanuelpalatine.org/operation-christmas-child.

Did you know that we’re collecting for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) 2018 Shoeboxes year-round?

We’re doing this to get ready for a great packing party in November 2018. Working year round gives us extra time to carefully choose special items for the shoebox. These shoeboxes really matter. An OCC shoebox might be the only gift a child ever receives.