Operation Christmas Child

We often call this our Christmas Shoe Box project.  This Sunday we will begin handing out red and green shoe boxes or you may use card board or plastic shoe boxes.  The important thing is what you put inside.  Every shoe box should contain some hygiene items:  toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, comb and washcloth.  In addition, school supplies are a good idea and, of course, toys.  Make sure to include batteries if you have items that need them like flashlights. Good places to shop are Five Below, Dollar Tree, Target, Wal Mart.

This is the 21st year of Operation Christmas Child and 100 million children have been touched by these shoe boxes.  There is a gospel opportunity with each gift.  This year our goal is to collect 300 boxes! Look for the table in the gathering area this Sunday.

This year, we are partnering with Five Below to host a fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child. Five Below will return 10% of all sales made October 31- November 2nd by Garner UMC members and friends to GUMC Missions.

If you want to support the Shoebox project, and let the kids and youth do the packing, then GUMC is the place for that too. On Sunday, November 9th, the kids and youth will be meeting at 5:00 to package shoeboxes. For the last two years, the kids and youth have packed and included letters for over 60 shoeboxes. It is such a fun hands on project and we truly appreciate your support!   Up until Nov. 9th, we will be collecting items in the Children’s Ministry Box or in the boxes labeled Operation Christmas Child Donations by the Children’s Church Table or in the Fellowship Hall.   If you have youth and kids in your family, please join us on November 9th at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall for our packaging party!  Any questions about this event, contact Katlewisgumc@gmail.com.

Suggested items to include in your shoebox

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

•    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.

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

•    OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

•    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 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 snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.

Important Dates to REMEMBER:

November 9th – We will have a Celebration Sunday and all the boxes will need to be turned in on this date.

December 5th – We will have 12 representatives from our church travel to Charlotte to work in the Operation Christmas Child Processing center. Space is limited to 12 people.