While the first Christmas gift was placed in a manger, millions of children have received the message of Christmas in a shoebox thanks to Operation Christmas Child.
Every year, countless volunteers across the world fill shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and hard candy for boys or girls ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. The boxes are then brought to regional collection centers (like Timberline Church) and packed into large cartons that will eventually be shipped to countries around the world. In partnership with local churches and ministries, children will receive gift-filled shoeboxes and participate in a 12-week discipleship program called The Greatest Journey where they learn more Jesus and God’s gift of salvation. At the conclusion of the program, each child is given a Bible of their own.
How can you get involved?
- Visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoebox-with-uncle-si/ for more information on how to pack a shoebox (and while there, watch a video of Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si packing a few boxes of his own or other videos!) Then go shopping.
- If you pay online the suggested $7.00 donation to cover international shipping, print out the barcode label and tape it to the lid of your box. When the box gets shipped, you will get an email message letting you know what country it went to.
- Bring your filled boxes to Timberline Church during the next two weekends (November 9/10 and November 16/17) and drop them off at the table in the mall.
- If you don’t have time to shop, you can still go online and build a virtual shoebox, make an online donation toward shipping costs for other boxes, or drop off a check at the table in the mall.
- Volunteer to help with the collection center from November 18 to 25. They especially need men and muscles to load the big cartons in the evenings and on the 25th. If interested, call Donna at 482-4387 x 138.
Last year, 18,000 shoeboxes were collected from the Northern Colorado region. This year, with many participating churches impacted by September’s flood and damaged roads, organizers are still hoping for a giant outpouring of love for children around the world.