Operation Christmas Child is a ministry that fills shoe boxes with small gifts to give to children in poverty all over the world, while also sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.
Dear Family in Christ,
          The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child  (OCC), collects shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and NEW clothing and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For most of these children this is the only gift they will receive in their lifetime.
          After so many years of heading up the collection of items for these boxes and finishing the task with a giant church packing party we believe we are being called to do things differently for 2022. We are forever grateful for all the items that have been donated for each box and the gift of your precious time to help us make each packing party a success. Thousands of children have been touched by your generosity. We hope you will be equally excited about our new adventure this fall.
          Starting in September we are going to have OCC boxes available for you to take home and fill on your own. We’ve included a list of the most wanted and appropriate items that go into a box. As you begin to pray about the number of boxes that God may be calling you to fill, you can take advantage of the months ahead to start shopping for the items on this list. Boxes will not be collected until the 2nd and 3rd Sunday in November. Unfortunately, there is no area to store these boxes at our church.
          For many, not having this packing party may come as a disappointment. If you have children, talk to them about how exciting it will be to help shop for little boys or girls  and make the gift more their own. Empty nesters, life groups, your neighbors etc. can all participate in this project. It’s also fun to include a note or picture of yourself in the box.
          We are one of a few churches that actually have packing parties yet over 12 million shoe boxes from around the world were filled in 2021. Our goal is to collect 700 shoe boxes from our church families. We are asking you to prayerfully consider your part in this important ministry.
Thank you,
Sheila Shea (303-465-3634)
Diane Long (720-514-1034)
A list of items that will fill a box:
Bars of soap
Stuffed animals/dolls
Bouncy balls- tennis ball size
Small writing tablet
Coloring book
Hats, gloves or T-shirts with no words- Can be found at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabric


Sheila Shea