Operation Christmas Child
Ways you can help with Operation Christmas Child:
For the logistics of getting all of the shoebox gifts to all of the different countries and their distribution centers...that customs would favor the boxes
For each one presenting the gospel to the recipients
For each child, family, community to hear the gospel and accept the 'greatest gift of all' - Jesus Christ as their savior
How God wants you to participate
2) You can pack a box (or more) as a gift from your family (Bring box to Vision on Nov 11)
Pray to decide what gender and age you are packing for and as you select items (listen to what God asks you to pack - he has a specific child in mind for your box and knows exactly what each child needs)Pick up a box from church, or use a tennis shoe box, or a plastic shoeboxCheck out the brochure at the OCC table for things to include or not to include
Include: hygiene items, school supplies, toys, an item that makes a child say WOW! when they see it, a picture of your family, a letter to the child, $9 for shipping and to help offset costs of printing the gospel in the child's own language!
Please do NOT include: food, candy, breakables, liquids, war/camo items, seeds, OTC medicines, toothpaste, items with expiration dates (these items could either ruin a shoebox or carton of boxes if broken OR get a whole shipment banned at customs)
3) Donate Items for Vision's Packing Party - see sign up list at OCC table
4) Attend Vision's Packing Party on Nov 11 at 3pm - All are welcomed, parents please help by supervising your little ones...
5) Sign Up to serve at Charlotte Processing Center on Nov 23 from 5-10pm
You must be at least 13 years old to serve. If 13-18, you must have parent to accompany you. You will receive an email from OCC with waiver to be completed before the event. The Processing Center is in a warehouse, so dress in layers with closed toe shoes. You may bring your own supper or in the past they have had pizza or Chick-fil-a available for purchase. There are also vending machines with snack and drinks (bring quarters).
No matter how you decide to serve.....thank you for being a part of sharing God's love to these children, their families and communities and most of all sharing "the greatest gift of all'- Jesus!