OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Every single shoebox gift provides an opportunity for evangelism and discipleship, which leads to the multiplication of new believers and churches around the world.
During these outreach events where they distribute surprise shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, the local ministry partners, tell the boys and girls about Jesus, God’s Greatest Gift, and they are invited to trust in Him. Included with each shoebox is the Greatest Gift Booklet, a storybook that shares the message of salvation.
Samaritan’s Purse began collecting shoebox gifts in 1993 and since then, more than 178 million children in over 160 countries and territories have received a shoebox and heard about Jesus Christ and that someone on the other side of the world cared enough about them, to pack a wonderful shoebox, just for them.
ABOUT MOUNT STERLING FIRST UNITED METHODIST
This year will be our church's 13th year serving as the local Drop-Off Location for all of Montgomery County. We have participated in packing shoeboxes for many years before becoming a Drop-Off Location. Mount Sterling First United Methodist Church has been working year-round to help achieve Operation Christmas Child's main mission: to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local churches worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As a church united, we strive to do all that we can to help accomplish the mission of OCC. Our church has many volunteers that crochet and quilt doll blankets, seamstresses that sew special items and pillowcase dresses, clearance shoppers, people collecting empty shoeboxes, families that pack beautiful boxes, prayer warriors, packers of themed boxes (Fishing, Sewing, Sports, and Toolboxes) and others that volunteer their time to work during National Collection Week. Want to find out how to get involved? Start by watching the video below about Operation Christmas Child!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2020 OVERVIEW
Drop-Off Team Leader
There is more than one way that you can help. Whether you want to donate a Shoebox, volunteer, or donate there are plenty of ways to join us in making a real difference. Check out the opportunities to get involved below and contact me if you have any questions. We appreciate your interest.
Phone: (859) 274-6029
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO HELP!
VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP SHEET
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES
The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted everyday life for millions of people around the world. Yet, Samaritan's Purse continues to share the eternal hope of the Gospel and to serve in Jesus' Name.
When you arrive at your drop-off location, follow the signs for curbside drop off. A volunteer wearing a mask will greet you and direct you to an outside area where they will retrieve your shoeboxes. Volunteers will also present you with a touchless way to leave your contact information and the number of shoeboxes that you are dropping off.