Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry provides local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Impact on individual lives
The shoeboxes bless children with joy, hope, and love. Their shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and give them an opportunity to experience the love of God.
This ongoing project runs now-Nov 2020. National collection week is Nov 16-23, 2020. More information to come on the date for our Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party. This is a great opportunity to gather together to help assemble the shoeboxes. The date and process for this will be determined by the Santa Clara County Social Distancing guidelines in the October/November timeframe.
Who will receive the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes
The Operation Christmas Child team has let us know that in previous years fewer boxes have been donated for boys and girls ages 2 – 4 and so the boxes we prepare this year will be focused on this age group.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR
In light of the global pandemic which has a significant impact on how we interact with this strange new world, we will be collecting funds to purchase the items that will go into the shoeboxes.
This change will provide a safer means of collecting items for the shoeboxes by greatly limiting in-person shopping and personal contact by collecting funds, rather than the items themselves, from those who wish to contribute.
WAYS TO GIVE
Since most of the shopping will be done online, we are asking for cash donations.
We have two donation methods:
- Make checks out to “Union Presbyterian Church” and make note on the memo line: Operation Christmas Child/OCC.
- Donate online by clicking on the button below. In the notes section for your donation; enter OCC (for Operation Christmas Child).
Where your money goes
To get a sense of what your generous financial support will go towards, below is a list of items which will be placed in each OCC shoebox, the estimated cost of 150 of each, as well as the total cost to cover the $9.00 shipping fee for each box.
More simply, the cost for one box is about $16, plus shipping of $9 per box (or a total of $25/box). Please note that donations of any amount will be gladly accepted and go a long way to blessing children throughout the world.