Operation Christmas Child

Samaritan’s Purse is an organization formed over 40 years ago to help the world’s poor, sick and suffering.  For almost 30 years,
Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, has led the organization.  Twenty years ago they started to distribute gifts to the needy
children of the world at Christmas.  This year, their goal is to reach 8 million children with a new hope at Christmas.  You can help. 
“Operation Christmas Child” collects and sends shoeboxes filled with items to needy children in countries all over the world.

Our church has been collecting items and filling shoeboxes for a few years now. This year we purchased boxes for you to use.  During the months of October and November
we will be collecting the filled shoeboxes.  The final collection date is the third week of November so we have time to deliver the boxes we collect to a distribution center. 

The organization requests a donation of $9.00 for each box to cover shipping and processing.   
The boxes are categorized by boy or girl and by age, 2-4, 5-9 and 10-14,
                                                          Thank you for your help.                                                     

Here is  list of what can be put into the shoebox:

TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make
noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

OTHER: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: In a separate envelope, 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 write back.)

PLEASE 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NOT INCLUDE:  Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy;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 snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans

Please check out “Operation Christmas Child” on their website:    http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC

MISSION STATEMENT:  Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing
spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.