- Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through simple, gift-filled shoe boxes and evangelistic materials that tell the Good News of God’s love. I’m sure many of you have heard of this worthy cause and maybe have even participated in it with your family in the past! Again, this fall, EBC Kids Zone will be taking on this project together!
- To make things easier and even exciting, we are spreading this project out over October & November. Each Sunday there will be a theme assigned for the items that can be brought in. There will be bins placed in the Children’s Center during our Children’s Worship Time at the end of Sunday School and the kids will have a chance to drop their item in the bin. Please see the back of this page for the themes.
- Mark your calendars now for our “Packing Party”! On November 23 from 10 – 11:30am, we will meet as a large group at church and pack up the shoe boxes with all the gifts the kids brought in. Please be collecting shoeboxes now so we have plenty to fill! The boxes will then be taken to a drop-off sight during National Collection Week (November 18-25). The shoe boxes will be processed and packed into cartons for overseas delivery. The precious cargo is sent to over 130 countries!
We will begin collecting supplies beginning on Sunday, October 13!
Sunday, October 13 - School supplies (pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads, solar calculators, coloring or picture books)
Sunday, October 20 - Hygiene Items (toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic), comb, washcloth, etc)
Sunday, October 27 - Toys (small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yo's, jump rope, slinky, etc)
Sunday, November 3 - Hard candy (smarties, suckers, lifesavers)
Sunday, November 10 - Other/Something You’ve Made* (T-shirts, socks, ball caps, flip- flops, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights)
Sunday, November 17- Shoe Boxes! (plastic or cardboard plus final collection of any item above)
Saturday, November 23 Packing Party 10 – 11:30am: We will have everything that has been collected in bins and the kids will get to walk through and pack their box….maybe even pack a few!
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guys, knives or military figures: chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
Questions? Visit www.samaritanspurse.com or find Operation Christmas Child on Facebook