Hayward United Methodist Church
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Come Share the Warmth
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Operation Christmas Child

 
          Don’t throw out those old shoeboxes. Each year we will be filling shoeboxes for distribution to children throughout the world at Christmas. This will be a Church wide, Circuit wide and Community wide project for all ages. Shoeboxes can be placed above the coat rack in Fellowship Hall.
 
          Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritan’s Purse, which is led by Franklin Graham. In 2006 7.6 million shoeboxes were filled and collected by Operation Christmas Child and shipped to boys and girls, between the ages of 2 and 14 years old throughout the world. Boxes will be filled with school supplies, small toys (no war related items), hygiene items and hard candy. This is a project for all ages.  You can find more information about the program at www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC.asp
 
          In addition to filling and collecting shoeboxes from members of our congregation, we also plan to be a drop off site for our community and our Circuit. We also have the opportunity to go to either Minneapolis or Duluth to help pack up all of the shoeboxes collected for final shipment.
 
            
August 2008 marked the kick off of Operation Christmas Child. You can help in many ways:
~You can donate items to fill the many shoeboxes we have collected.
~You can volunteer to go to either Duluth or Minneapolis (destination to be determined) to help organize and ship the collected shoeboxes from the Midwest.
~You can fill a shoe box with the following items and bring it to Church.
 
Below is all you need to know. This is a project for all ages.
1. SHOE BOX
Use an empty shoe box (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 shown above. 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.
4. INCLUDE YOUR DONATION
Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs.
5. DROP OFF YOUR FULL SHOEBOX AT THE CHURCH.
GIFT IDEAS
TOYS
small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS
toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar 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)

A PERSONAL NOTE
In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)

DO NOT INCLUDE:
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
 
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