Christmas in September

Thank you to all the people who have already turned in items and/or completed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child – a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the good news of God’s love. We thank you for your continued support of this worthy outreach project.

For September and October there will be Christmas trees outside the Chapel as well as in the sanctuary. There are still some “suggestion ornaments” on the trees and donations can be left under them. Maybe you would like to assemble your own box? It’s very easy and makes a great family project. If you would like to do that, we will have Operation Christmas Child boxes under the tree for you to take.

Decide on whether or not you would like to shop for a boy or girl and then which age: 2 -4 yrs., 5-9 yrs. or 10 – 14 yrs. From there use our suggested gift list or come up with some ideas of your own! We also have an excellent DVD that you can borrow and watch that will show you how to pack a box – we’ll gladly share it with you!

Suggested Gifts:

  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Toys: small cars, ball/tennis balls, dolls, small stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yo’s, jump ropes, small Etch-A-Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.
  • Hygiene Items: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • Other: hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, t-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), rain ponchos, tools, sewing kits

Please DO NOT donate the following: used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

Thanks, in advance, for your support of this project! The Learning Ministry Team