Saint Andrew United Methodist Church

1528 Church Road

Toms River NJ 08755



Each month on this page, Missions will include some suggested gift items for you to purchase and tuck away until you’re ready to pack your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes later this year.  Savvy shoppers know that they can impact more children around the world for eternity by looking for shoebox items throughout the year.  At St. Andrew, we’ll still kick off our Operation Christmas Child project in July under the “Christmas in July” banner when we’ll distribute empty shoeboxes and OCC labels.  By then, you should have a supply of shoebox gifts that are sure to bless and delight boys and girls!  

For the month of June, consider purchasing Small Toys and Games to include in your OCC Shoeboxes:  Examples include Dolls, Puzzles, Balls and Pumps, Jump Ropes, Yo-Yos (No War related items, please).   



It's with great joy that we say "thank you" to everyone who participated in any way in our Operation Christmas Child Project and Central Drop Off Center activities.  Thanks to all who packed OCC shoeboxes and dropped them off at St. Andrew.  Our church count was 216!  Thanks to all who participated as a volunteer at our OCC Central Drop Off Center - for those who greeted people who were dropping off shoeboxes; extended radical hospitality to those who dropped off shoeboxes; counted and moved shoeboxes; packed and cartonized shoeboxes; and moved cartons of shoeboxes to the trailers.  Many thanks to our entire trailer crew who loaded the cartons filled with shoeboxes into the trailers.  Our Central Drop Off Center received and loaded into the trailers a total of 12,472 gift-filled shoeboxes!  Each one is a GO box - a "Gospel Opportunity".  With each shoebox, the child will receive the toys and other items which will provide joy and happiness, and they will also receive the message of the Gospel, along with the love of God expressed through all of these gifts.  We give thanks to God for His Spirit which is at work at St. Andrew!   Thank you so much, and God bless you for your sacrifice of resources, time, energy and service!   Scroll down on this page and you’ll be able to see pictures of the trailer crew at work!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20


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. 

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We hope you will also pray for the children who will receive your 2018 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!  For additional information about our Operation Christmas Child project, please contact Missions Coordinator Lucy DeBarge through the St. Andrew church office.  Thank you and God bless you!