Thank you to everyone who donated to, prayed for and/or packed shoeboxes this year. We ended up with 396 shoeboxes for OCC!
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Each year in November shoeboxes are packed and then sent off to children all over the world. These "Gospel Opportunity" or "GO boxes" not only deliver simple gifts to children but they also bring the good news of Jesus to them and their families. Lives are transformed because of these boxes.
Through out the year we collect items for the shoeboxes as well as financial donations to help purchase needed items for boxes as well as help cover shipping costs for the boxes. Items can be placed in the designated basket under the coffee machine near the Missions' Wall. It costs $9 per box for shipping. Financial donations can be dropped in the offering box and designated for OCC.
In 2019 we collected and packed over 450 shoeboxes! We want to pack more this year.
Our next packing party will be Friday, November 13 beginning at 6:30pm. Per the mandate, masks are required.
For more information on what can or cannot be put in a shoe box, click here.
For more information on OCC at Real Hope Community Church contact the church office.
Click below for the links to our registries and wish lists.
Items that we need for the boxes include:
School supplies: pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, scissors, solar powered calculators, pencil cases, highlighters, index cards, post it notes, crayons and colored pencils (Crayola brand preferred), thin notebooks, tape, ruler, protractor,
Hygiene supplies: wrapped bar soap and travel case/cover, washcloths, toothbrushes and covers, Chapstick, stick deodorant, combs, hairbrushes, hair accessories, nail clippers
Small toys and activities: slinky, travel Etch-a-Sketch, tennis balls, softballs, baseball gloves, Beanie Babies, small stuffed animals, yo-yos, dolls, Matchbox cars, glowsticks, playing cards, small Lego sets, hacky sacks, finger puppets, costume jewelry, kazoos, playdough, jump ropes, stickers, coloring books, fun pens, paddle balls, rubber duckies, small puzzles, etc.
Clothes and accessories: socks, underwear, t-shirts, fun socks, regular socks, flip-flops, shoes, mittens, sunglasses, wallet, purse, bandanas, small purses, coin purse, scarves, hats,
Miscellaneous: sewing kits, work gloves, small tool kits, flashlights with batteries, whistles, harmonica, fishing kit, gardening kit with gloves and trowel (no seeds)