Operation Christmas Child

Sunday November 14, 2010

This week is collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

If you’re not familiar with this program, it is an outreach of Samaritans Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham.

The goal of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.   This is done by packing a shoebox full of goodies and useful items.  These boxes are collected at various drop-off locations and are then shipped and distributed abroad.

I’ve enjoyed doing this program with my children since they were preschoolers — it’s a tangible and easy way for them to share God’s love with someone else.  We usually go to Target or a dollar store and fill up a box with items that our kids select.

When packing a box, you decide what gender and age range to pack for  (Boy or Girl, ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14). OCC has guidelines about and suggestions about what to pack, things like toys, school supplies, toiletries, and hard candies.

OCC also requests a $7 donation to help cover the cost of shipping the items.  If you pre-pay through the EZ Give page on their website, you get a label with a barcode to print and attach to your box.  This allows OCC to track your package and send you an email telling what country your box went to.

This post is a reminder to me that we need to get our box done this week.  I hope you will consider sending a box too!

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One Response to Operation Christmas Child

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    ck says:

    Thank you for the reminder, Kendra! I wanted to do this with my girls and completely forgot.

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