Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Children in Fiji display their shoebox gifts.
Inset photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Operation Christmas Child is a Samaritan’s Purse program created to demonstrate God’s love to children in need. Samaritan’s Purse partners with churches to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations by collecting shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children around the world.

Since 1993, more than 198 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The program not only delivers the joy of what, for many kids, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love (see the video below). – adapted from samaritanspurse.ca

3 Ways to Participate

  1. Physically: Pick up one or more shoeboxes from Haliburton United Church, Master’s Book Store, Glecoff’s Family Store or Needful Things, and pack and bring it/them to Haliburton United Church between November 15 and 18 during church office hours.
    • Packing directions, gift suggestions and banned items are listed in the brochure that comes with the box and on the OCC website pages.
    • Glecoff’s and Needful Things offer discounts on purchases of items for the shoeboxes.
    • The usual shipping fee donation of $10 per box is not needed this year as a donor has volunteered to cover the shipping fee for every box collected in Haliburton County (thank you!).
  2. Virtually: Go to Operation Christmas Child and select the “Pack a Shoebox Online” option. OCC will pack your boxes for $40 per box.
  3. Financially: Donate funds online or by contacting Janice Benoit or Lynne Bertrand.

For more information visit Operation Christmas Child or call the church office at 705-457-1891.

You can also donate toward all Samaritan’s Purse Canada operations through our Monthly Missions program.

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