Operation Christmas Child

UPDATE: Thursday, November 1
How can one box change the world? Help change a life and provide hope! It's not too late to pack a box this weekend and turn it in this Sunday morning! 

Questions? Learn more below. Don't have a green box, that's ok, use a regular shoe box or purchase a plastic one from the store while you shop.

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His Mission

Operation Christmas Child 2018

What is Operation Christmas Child? 

Operation Christmas Child is an initiative of SAMARITAN'S PURSE. As a church family, through our Connection Groups we hope to collect and pack 200 shoe boxes filled with gifts and the Good News of Jesus Christ by Sunday, October 21, to be delivered to children throughout the world.

How Can I Be Involved?

The most important way to help is to pray for this ministry, and then talk to your Connection Group about committing to provide 1, 2, or even 10 boxes as a group to this project. 

You can get boxes from EFBC's Missions Office or purchase plastic shoe boxes (or use shoe boxes you have at home) and fill them with items on the list provided by Samaritan’s Purse.

Besides donating filled shoe boxes, there is a cost associated with shipping these boxes and materials to over 100 countries around the world. Please collect $10 per box to be turned in through the EFBC's Missions Office (cash or check made payable to "EFBC").

What Can I Pack in a Shoe Box? 

  • Start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
     
    Visit "Gift Suggestions", select an age group and gender, then see gift suggestions for each: 
     

     
  • Consider including: Comb, Hairbrush, Toothbrush, Washcloth, Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container), Adhesive bandages (Colorful ones can help a child be more willing to wear a bandage. Do not include liquid antibiotic ointment.)
     
  • Small craft items: Pencils, Small manual pencil sharpener, Colored pencils, Crayons, Markers, Pens, Coloring books, Picture book, Notebooks
     
  • Avoid specific items: candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
     

     

       

After packing your boxes be sure to label them!

  • Place a post-it or note with age group and gender onto each box and EFBC will print an Operation Christmas Child label and affix to your boxes for you, or
     
  • Download, print, cut out the labels below and affix to your boxes:
     

Connection Group Tips

1. Introduce Operation Christmas Child (OCC) to your Connection Group (CG) using stories and stats.

  • Every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ
      
  • Since 2010 more than 11 million who have received shoeboxes have participated in “The Greatest Journey” a 12-lesson discipleship program, led by local leaders in their countries.
      
  • OCC is a project of Samaritans Purse, a Christian relief evangelism organization headed up by Franklin Graham. Samaritan's Purse serves in over 100 countries.

2. Explain what type of commitment OCC is to a Connection Group.

  • Individual commitment ($10 per box donated for shipping)
    Families can sign up within CG’s
     
  • Group commitment ($10 per box donated for shipping - cash or check made payable to "EFBC")
    CG’s can commit and sign up as a group

3. Set a goal for Boxes and collect $ for box shipment ($10 per shoebox - cash or check made payable to "EFBC")

4. Create a way to organize your goal as a group

  • Individuals sign up for entire boxes
     
  • Individuals sign up for specific items
     
  • Box stuffing party

5. Turn in boxes on or before Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Questions? More Information?

Contact Billy Fuller with EFBC's Missions Office, 405-473-2836 (mobile), EMAIL BILLY, or complete the contact form below.