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Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Living Word is actively involved in supporting Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Each November we give an opportunity for the congregation to pack shoe boxes to send to children around the world. It's always a great time for families! See below for some useful tips on preparing your shoe boxes, taken from the Operation Christmas Child website.

How to Pack a Shoebox

1. Shoebox

Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.

2. Boy or Girl

Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.

3. Fill with Gifts

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.

4. Include $7 Donation Per Box

Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 for each gift you prepare.

5. Pray

Ask God to use your gifts to show His love to the child who will receive your shoebox.

6. Drop Off

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to Living Word by Sunday, Nov 16th.

Gift Suggestions

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

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