Operation Christmas picture collage

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.

Operation Christmas Child in June

We have a special opportunity to do Operation Christmas Child twice this year! Join us on Tuesday, June 11th, to go to the OCC Processing Center in Charlotte, NC and help pack some shoeboxes for kids around the world. Our shift is from 12:00-3:00pm and we want to meet at the SGPC Light House at 8:40am to leave at 9:00am. We plan to return to the SGPC Light House by 6:00pm The cost for this trip is $10 to cover transportation. We will stop for lunch before our shift starts, so please bring extra money for meals. We have 13 spots available, so sign up now! Samaritan’s Purse requires volunteers to be at least 13 years of age. To register, click here

If you have questions, please contact the Church Office at 803.359.7770

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. Be sure to include the OCC label and a check paying $7 for the shipping costs of each shoebox.


Help Us Pack 500+ Shoeboxes this year!

Plan to join us for our annual OCC Packing Partyin Mid- November each year! At 6:00pm we will hear how this Samaritan's Purse ministry positively lives. Our packing party will then begin at 6:30pm and all should end around 7:30pm. (We'll also have pizza in the gym at 5:00pm 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 and place items in the blue SGPC mission bins that are located throughout our campus. Thanks in advance for your help in this regard!

OCC List of Needs

  • 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)
  • tennis balls, jump ropes
  • hair band ties

Thank you for your prayers for this ministry! Pray for the children and families touched by each OCC shoebox! We appreciate you helping to spread God's love through Operation Christmas Child!

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