Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, is collecting their annual gift boxes the week of November 17-24.

If you live local, you can either drop it off at my church office (WPC) or at the Baptist Student Ministries at CSU on University Ave. If you live on the other side of the river (that would be in Alabama, duh), then you can drop your boxes off at Lakewood Baptist Church. Otherwise, click here to find a drop off location nearest you.

In our home, the boys each have packed a box for another little boy at Christmas. You can chose a shoebox and wrap it with Christmas paper or, you can opt for the plastic boxes and decorate them with stickers. I’ve heard the children and families who receive the plastic boxes full of goodies are even more grateful since the plastic box itself can be used for many other things such as storing rice, flour, spices, and even carrying water from the well back to their home.

We pack our boxes according to the OCC rules, usually always including a few toys, games, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hair items, and candy. I hope to one day volunteer at the distribution center in Atlanta so I can see firsthand what goes on to prepare the boxes for shipping to the many countries SP serves.

OCC asks for a $7 donation per box (for shipping costs) and has requested it be paid through their EZGive donation page. Instead of writing a check and enclosing it in the box, as in the past, EZGive allows you to pay online with your debit/credit card. On the OCC website, you can even view some videos of past years’ boxes and how they’ve impacted a certain region.


I’ll be sure to post pics of my boys packing their boxes and taking them to the BSM building. Look for them next week!

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