It's time to prepare for Operation Christmas Child! This project of Samaritan's Purse Interna-tional Relief (www.samaritanspurse.org/occ) gives us an opportunity to fill shoe boxes with small gifts for children in difficult circumstances around the world as a way we can help demonstrate God's love to children in need of hope and joy.
As always, do not include liquids, war-related toys, used or damaged items, aerosol cans, or anything breakable. We are also asked not to include toothpaste or food of any kind. The suggested donation to help with shipping is $9, but no box will be rejected for lack of a donation. Often some who aren't packing boxes of their own contribute money to sponsor boxes, which is a good way to help.
Operation Christmas Child boxes and packing labels are available at church, or use your own container of similar size. Decide if your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and choose an age range: 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, or 10-14 years old. When you have filled your box, tape the label to the top and place a rubber band around the closed box. Bring it to church by November 20th, and it will be taken to a collection center for shipment.
If you have extra gifts or anything you'd like to contribute, the Elementary Sunday School class is organizing and packing boxes and would appreciate your contributions of gifts and money for the shipping donation.
Call Chris Watkins (360-457-0173) with any questions.
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