Operation Christmas Child 2017

There are many things I've learned when I became a dad nearly 6 years ago. One of them, undoubtedly, is that kids are truly a blessing. I once heard a saying that when kids are little, they teach you more than you teach them. I can say that on some days, this is most definitely true. Kids have a such an appetite for life. Their enthusiasm to think, imagine, dream, believe, and explore is so much more alive than most of us adults. And not only this, but the Bible talks about just how special kids are in the eyes of God (Mark 10:13-16). 

However, not all kids have the opportunities that our kids do. For most of us, we have access to things we don't even think twice about. Clean water, good schools, food and shelter, loving family, etc. But for many across the globe, it's certainly not like this. The majority of them have never received a single gift in their life. How many gifts do your kids receive in a single birthday or Christmas?

But even beyond all the physical necessities, most of these "little ones" have never heard that there is a God who loves them. All things considering, this is the greatest tragedy of them all. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." It is because of all this that ministries like Operation Christmas Child (OCC) exist.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate 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. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

Our goal

2017 will be our 7th year collecting shoebox gifts for kids at our church. Our goal this year is to collect and pack 200 shoebox gifts. That's 200 kids who can see, feel and know that there is someone thinking of them and there is a God that knows them and loves them.

What are we collecting

This year, we've decided to ask for certain items that are very useful and popular in the areas that receive the boxes. I have the full list below, broken down by month. I realize we are already in April, but we are still in need of all items listed. I'll blog out a reminder of what items are needed in that month and how far we are tracking.

Will you help?

If you or your family are looking for a way to make an impact in the life of a child, one that lasts beyond this life, I encourage you to get involved. Depending on where you live, you can start collecting items in your own local area or church or I'd be more than happy to help arrange something to get these items where they need to go. Simply leave a comment below or send me a message via the Contact link. 

Shoebox Item List

Month Item
January Shirts
January Socks
February Flashlights
February Batteries (AAA)
March Sunglasses
April Stuffed Animals (Small)
May Toothbrushes
May Soap
May Chapstick
May Bandaides
May Washcloths
May Combs
June Small toy (Boy)
June Doll (Girl)
July Hair Accessories
August Notebooks
August Crayon Boxes
August Pencils
August Pens
August Sharpener
August Colored Pencils
September Letter
September Games
October $ for Shipping

 

No matter in what way you get involved, your love and generosity towards these kids is greatly appreciated. And on their behalf, I'll say thank you. Thank you for helping share the love of Jesus with those who need it most.

Well done!

Christopher