From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless needy children in more than 100 countries around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization run by Franklin Graham since 1970.
You could start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Lined paper and school supplies are particularly appreciated.
However, some items are NOT permitted: Candy; toothpaste; gum; 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.
Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and family photo in the box, which is due on Sunday, November 18, 2018.
For more information, contact Kathy Mannino at 386-601-4157.