– PACKING PARTY –

W 11.7 | 6-8PM | CF Church

Join your church family as we pack gifts for children around the world. Start bringing items to the church office every Sunday up until the packing party! If you are not coming to the packing party, please still bring gifts on Sunday! Let’s see how many children we can bless!

 

– ABOUT OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD –

Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Visit samaritanspurse.org to learn more about the history of Samaritan's Purse!

– WHAT TO BRING –

1 - INCLUDE A $9 DONATION

Please donate $9 or more for each shoebox you donate to help cover shipping and other project costs. Checks can be made out to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line).

 

2 - CHOOSE EITHER A BOY OR A GIRL

At the party you can pack a box and determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

3 - BRING GIFTS TO THE CHURCH FOR THE PACKING PARTY

Read the suggested gift items to bring below! We will pack boxes together at the packing party on November 8 at CF Church!

  • A "Wow" Item:

    • Doll

    • Soccer ball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

    • Stuffed animal

    • An outfit of clothing to wear

    • Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or woodwind recorder)

  • Personal Care Items:

    • Comb

    • Hairbrush

    • Toothbrush

    • Washcloth

    • Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)

    • Adhesive bandages 
      (Colorful ones can help a child be more willing to wear a bandage. Do not include liquid antibiotic ointment.)

    • Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils
      (Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as combs, markers, sunglasses, or washcloths to maximize the space.)

    • Blanket

  • Clothing and Accessories:

    • Shirts and pants

    • Pillowcase dress (loose-fitting sundress)

    • Underwear

    • Shoes and socks

    • Flip-flops

    • Hat/scarf/mittens

    • Sunglasses

    • Tote bag/purse

    • Hair bows

    • Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)

  • School Supplies, Crafts and Activities:​

    • Pencils

    • Small manual pencil sharpener

    • Colored pencils

    • Pencil case

    • Crayons

    • Markers

    • Pens

    • Coloring pads

    • Coloring books

    • Picture book

    • Notebooks

    • Blank index cards

    • Solar-powered calculator

    • Safety (blunt tip) scissors

    • Ruler

    • Protractor

    • Glue stick (Do not include liquid glue.)

    • Small adhesive tape

    • Watercolor set 
      [Finger paint palette/crayons/markers (non-liquid containers), paint brushes, canvas or paper]

    • Playdough 
      (Consider adding plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils the child can use with the playdough.)

    • Stickers

    • Skipping rope/Jump rope

    • Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets. Download instructions here.

  • Toys:

    • Foam ball

    • Kickball (Make sure to include a manual air pump so that the ball can be reinflated.)

    • Tennis ball

    • Finger puppets

    • Slinky

    • Etch A Sketch

    • Play cars/trucks/boats

    • Plastic tools

    • Plastic dinosaurs

    • Interactive toys that include push buttons, lights, noise (include extra batteries)

  • A Personal Note​:

    • ​You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

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