Operation Christmas Child
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.
A SIMPLE GIFT
One of our values is that we will lead the way with irrational generosity. This Fall, as a church we're taking out the time to be able to give back to a child in need.
Swerve Church is proud to be a part of Operation Christmas child this year. It's all about showing God's love in a tangible way. Every year, there are children around the world that do not receive a gift for Christmas. In fact, most don't even know what Christmas is.
Samaritans Purse is there year in and year out giving away literally millions of shoebox gifts. And this year, you have an opportunity to be a part of it! Help put a smile on a child's face and spread the love of God's grace through Jesus this fall!
HOW TO PACK YOUR SHOEBOX
1. SHOE BOX
Use an empty shoebox (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
2. BOY OR GIRL
Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork to the right. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.
3. FILL WITH GIFTS
Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Use the gift ideas provided on the bottom of this page. Please include at least one item a child can immediately embrace such as a stuffed toy, doll, ball or toy truck.
4. INCLUDE $7 DONATION
Please donate $7 or more for each shoebox you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our “Follow Your Box Donation” option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.
5. DROP OFF
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it in on November 15th.