Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!

Soon you will see the Christmas tree outside the chapel and realize it’s that time of year again! We are once again giving you plenty of time to shop for Operation Christmas Child, a project run through Samaritan’s Purse! On the tree you will find suggestions of gifts for boys and girls. Take a list off the tree and after you have done your shopping, bring your donations back and put them in the box under the tree. Monetary donations are also welcome! We’ll use that money to pay for the shipping and handling that is required for each box or to buy items to complete boxes. Last year we were able to assemble, with your donations, 49 boxes that were sent in November to Samaritan’s Purse!

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. 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!

Thanks, in advance, for your support of this project!

The Learning Ministry Team

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, 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following: used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.