Operation Christmas Child
Village Bible Church is once again partnering with the largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse that uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children around the world.
Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 124 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories through Operation Christmas Child.
YOU can be a part of this project. Operation Christmas Child Boxes and brochures on how to fill a box are available at Village Bible Church at the Women’s Ministry table in the hallway. Please fill one or more box(es) and give a gift that will keep bring a smile to a child.
What goes in My Shoebox?
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.
- Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)
- Colorful Adhesive bandages
Flashlight (solar-powered or hand-crank; if battery operated, be sure to include extra batteries of the type needed)
- Pencils, Pens
- Small manual pencil sharpener
- Colored pencils
- Pencil case
- Shirts and pants
- Pillowcase dress (loose-fitting sundress)
- Shoes and socks
- Tote bag/purse
- Coloring books
- Watercolor set [Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper]
(Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough.)
- Chalkboard and chalk
- Skipping rope/Jump rope
- Foam ball
- Costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewelry
- Plastic toys and toy figures
- Small Frisbee
- Small kite
- Etch A Sketch
This is only a few of the suggested items to pack. Go to www.samaritanspurse.org for a full list and for more information.
Do Not Include:
Candy; toothpaste; 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.
ALL SHOWBOXES NEED TO BE RETURNED TO VILLAGE BIBLE CHURCH BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH