Saint Andrew United Methodist Church

1528 Church Road

Toms River NJ 08755

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

CHRISTMAS IN JULY:  OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD “GOOD NEWS.  GREAT JOY.”

What better time than now to start building gift-filled shoeboxes for needy children around the world!  Visit our display in Fellowship Hall Lobby near the Missions Bulletin Board for empty shoeboxes and brochures with information and suggestions for filling shoeboxes.  The display will be set up during the months of July and August.  Pick up empty shoeboxes (preprinted decorated shoeboxes), then decide for each shoebox if you will pack for a girl or for a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, 10-14.  Gifts should include age appropriate toys, dolls, stuffed animals, hygiene items, school supplies, etc.  New this year: No candy and No Toothpaste (due to customs regulations).  No liquids of any kind, please!  Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your shoebox gift, and feel free to include a personal note and photo.  Please include $9 shipping for each shoebox (checks payable to Samaritan’s Purse) or donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.  Return your gift-filled shoeboxes to St. Andrew at your convenience, any time before November 13.  Please contact Lucy DeBarge at lucydebarge@yahoo.com or (732) 833-9975 with any questions concerning our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project at St. Andrew.  Thank you and God bless you for your kindness and generosity!

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse.  What goes into a shoebox is fun (all of those fun gifts for a child), but what comes out is eternal!  Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ.  As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while their family and friends listen in.  Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language.  Operation Christmas Child distributes these shoebox gifts to children in desperate situations around the world including boys and girls who suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster.  Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoeboxes filled with gifts.  In 2016, Operation Christmas Child collected 11.5 million shoeboxes which are being distributed to children in more than 100 countries. 

 For more information about Operation Christmas Child, click on this link:  www.samaritanspurse.org/occ

2017 OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD CENTRAL DROP-OFF LOCATION AT ST. ANDREW

Continuing our ministry relationship with Operation Christmas Child (OCC), St. Andrew plans to continue as the Central Drop-Off Location for the South Central NJ Area Team (Monmouth and Ocean Counties).  During National Collection Week (November 13-20), individuals, churches and organizations will bring gift-filled shoeboxes to St. Andrew to be logged and packed into shipping cartons so that they may be transported to the Regional OCC Processing Center in Maryland.  In addition, on Monday November 20, we will receive shipping cartons from the other 9 Drop-Off Locations in our area and load them into trailers which will transport this precious cargo to Maryland.  We are at this time beginning to assemble our Central Drop-Off Location Team.  A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available.  If you feel called to this important ministry, are physically able and available during National Collection Week, please contact Lucy DeBarge at lucydebarge@yahoo.com or (732) 833-9975 for more information.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration!  We also ask for your prayers for our Central Drop-Off Location Teams!