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Operation Christmas Child

October 6th - November 3rd

What is Operation Christmas Child?  Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evengelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.  The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.  For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever recieved.  Click here to watch a video from Operation Christmas Child.

How can you help?  Pick up a "shoe box" from the table in the Gathering Spce, choosing either a boy or a girl box.  Follow the instructions enclosed in each box and shop for the child you have chosen.  We also ask that you pray for the child/children for whom you are shopping.  You also are encouraged to enclose a note and/or picture of you with the box.  Return the "shoe box" by Sunday, November 3rd, to the table.  The Outreach MAT will take care of the rest.  (You are asked for a donation of $9.00 in addition to the items you have purchased.  This money is used to help with shipping and for the printing and distribution of Gospel stories which are included in each shoe box.  Checks made out to:  St. Paul's Lutheran; memo line:  Operation Christmas Child).

Click here for more information about Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse.