A special message from the Operation Christmas Child Southeastern PA Team Coordinator (dated Feb. 6, 2013):
“Operation Christmas Child has announced that 6.5 million shoe boxes were collected in the US during 2012! Praise God for these gospel opportunities. How exciting to also be celebrating the collection of 100 million shoe box gifts since 1993! I would like to thank your church for being contributing to the 53,176 shoe box gifts collected in our South Eastern PA area. What a blessing to be a part of this ministry building God’s kingdom. It is because of YOU that our area shoe box total has continued to increase in leaps and bounds, helping Operation Christmas Child to reach more and more children with the gospel message.”
Donated items and empty shoe boxes (for packing) may be brought to the Operation Christmas Child collection box by the last Sunday of October for packing by our Awana clubs; please bring packaged shoe boxes to HBC by the second Sunday of November.
(A collection box is available in the HBC main foyer coat room for those that would like to contribute throughout the year!)
small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
A PERSONAL NOTE
In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back!)
DO NOT INCLUDE:
Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans
ABOUT SAMARITAN’S PURSE:
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
For more information about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, please visit: WWW.SAMARITANSPURSE.ORG
The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.