Every year, our United Methodist Women solicit donations from our congregation, both items for children and monetary donations. Then the women pack the items into decorated shoeboxes and send them to the Operation Christmas Child headquarters.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoe boxes to boys and girls in over 130 countries. These children have experienced God’s love through the power of our simple shoebox gifts. Our church works with Samaritan’s Purse to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
We need your empty shoe boxes and items to fill the boxes! Please consider picking up a few items to fill the shoe boxes. Or make a monetary donation that we can shop with. Make checks payable to the church with a note for Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child Gift Suggestions:
Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
School Supplies: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
Other: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries).
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may write back.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.