Thursday, September 11, 2014

World's Largest Christmas Project

Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts is a project of Samaritan's Purse that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and not forgotten.

Samaritan's Purse is an international relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.  The non-profit specializes in meeting critical needs of war, poverty, disease and natural disasters in order to demonstrate God's love.

Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts are collected in 13 countries and Samaritan's Purse's international partners will hand deliver each of the 8 million plus shoe box gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Once the gifts are transported to countries around the w2orld, Samaritan's Purse teams and partners distribute them by bus, train, helicopter, boat, elephant, mule and even dog sled.

On September 14, boxes will be distributed to anyone interested in participating.  You will need to decide who you want to give to:  2-5 year old boy or girl, 6-9 year old boy or girl, or 10-14 year old boy or girl.

Samples of boxes for each age group will be o display in Fellowship Hall when you pick up your box.  For each box sent, $7 is needed to pay for delivery.  If you are not interested in filling a box, perhaps you would be willing to give cash for the delivery.  After you select an age category of a boy or girl, shop for new items (no used, please), such as toys, stuffed animals, balls, games, candy, T-shirts, coloring books, school supplies, hygiene items, such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, sturdy combs.  Children also enjoy personal notes and family photos.  If you include your name and address, a child may write back. 

DO NOT INCLUDE:  used or dangerous items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, out of date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globe containers or aerosol cans.