Operation Christmas Child
2021 Packing Party
This year we packed 313 boxes at our Operation Christmas Child Packing Event! Thank you to everyone who donated and to all those who helped!
Where Are Our Boxes Going?
This year our boxes have been tracked to the Ukraine, Malawi and Colombia. Some box destinations are not disclosed because of religious persecution.
What Can I Donate?
We are collecting year round for our packing party each November. Items with a * are needed most. All items should be new. Drop off donations in Fellowship Hall.
Most Needed Items
Flashlights that use AA batteries*
Other Items to Donate:
Plastic shoe boxes
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
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.
Handmade “Pillowcase” Dresses
Small Stuffed Animal
Beach Balls/Balls with pump
Small Etch a Sketch
Small instrument/ Kazoo
Ball and jacks
A few things to note:
- Liquids are not accepted.
- Wet wipes are accepted however because wet wipes do not have enough liquid to spill out into the shoebox so they are OK to include in your gift.
- Starting in 2017, toothpaste cannot be included in shoebox gifts, 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 five-pack of toothbrushes, please leave them packaged…one child will receive all five. But that’s ok - those toothbrushes may be all the entire family ever has.
Crayons (Crayola brand, others will melt)
Small picture books
Flashlight with batteries
Fishing line/ supplies
Don’t forget “Wow” items
Wow items surprise and delight a child. Some great items to include are:
NO liquids or candy of any kind including toothpaste.
God has already chosen a child to receive your shoebox. Thank you.
Item of the Month
This month we pray for our shoebox recipients.