Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse, has become an exciting tradition here at SGPC. You simply take a shoe box and fill it with suggested items to make someone's Christmas brighter from across the world. Volunteers are needed for all aspects - collecting items and packing shoe boxes. Our church also has an annual shoe box packing party each year that involves members and friends of all ages in mid-November each year. This is a great ministry for individuals and families to serve together!
For more information about this national endeavor, please visit the Operation Christmas Child website.
Pack Individual/Family Shoeboxes
Your can prepare and pack shoeboxes for children on your own and bring them to the church once complete! Learn how to pack an OCC shoebox by reading these directions from the OCC website. It's important to know what is and is not accepted, so that the OCC center doesn't have to repack your shoebox once it's received. Drop off shoeboxes you prepare by Nov. 15th. Be sure to include the OCC label and a check paying $7 for the shipping costs of each shoebox.
HELP with our PACKING PARTY!
Our OCC Packing Party is Wednesday, Nov. 18th in the LIght House! Help us Pack 500+ shoeboxes this year!!
Plan to join us on Nov. 18th for our OCC Packing Party! At 6:00 pm we will hear former OCC shoebox recipient Izabella McMillon speak about how this Samaritan's Purse ministry positively affected her life. Our packing party will then begin at 6:30 pm and all should end around 7:30 pm. (We'll also have pizza in the gym at 5:00 pm for all of our OCC packing party volunteers!)
Help us prepare for the SGPC OCC Packing Party by bringing in some of the items on the list below. Check our church newsletter, This Week at Saxe Gotha, for specifc counts of items needed, as we publish weekly updates. Please drop of OCC donations by November 15th and place items in the blue SGPC mission bins that are located throughout our campus. Thanks in advance for your help in this regard!
- individual bars of Ivoary soap, soap travel containers & washcloths
- toothbrushes, tooth paste, tooth brush travel containers
- boxes of crayons and colored pencils
- pencils, pens, pencil sharpeners, erasers
- small notebooks
- children's medium & large socks
- children's Tshirts (solid-colored in small, medium & large)
- LOTS of hard candy (to assemble small Ziploc packs for each box)
- tennis balls, jump ropes
- hair band ties