OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
A MINISTRY OF SAMARITAN'S PURSE
The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. Also in the box, is the most important gift given: the gospel story in the child's native language. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
How do I pack a shoebox gift?
Anyone can pack a shoebox. Fill an empty shoeboxes (free OCC boxes are available in the Worship Center lobby) with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys, such as dolls or soccer balls. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, get your Follow Your Box label and find the nearest drop-off location at samaritanspurse.org/occ.
When and where do I turn in my filled shoebox?
If you go to church here at LBC, bring your boxes to worship with you on Sunday, November 12. During the service, we'll let you know when to bring your box forward. We'll pray over all of the gifts before they're sent off to Samaritan's Purse.
LBC is also a community collection site, which means that thousands of boxes come through our church as they're readied for sending to the Samaritan's Purse distribution center. National collection week is November 13-20, and our collection schedule is listed below.
Community Collection Schedule
Monday, November 13: (3 to 6 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 14: (3 to 6 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 15: (2 to 5 p.m.)
Thursday, November 16: (3 to 6 p.m.)
Friday, November 17: (2 to 5 p.m.)
Saturday, November 18: (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Sunday, November 19: (1 to 5 p.m.)
Monday, November 20: (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
*Please bring shoebox gifts to the Family Life Center at 110 Efird Street (just to the left of the church building). The main church office cannot accept shoeboxes.
What happens after the shoebox?
Delivered into the hands of children through local churches, every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ and God’s love. Since 2010, more than 11 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family.