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Operation Christmas Child


We resume our custom at St. Andrew of kicking off our annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project through our “Christmas in July” Campaign.  Beginning Sunday July 11, our OCC Displays in Fellowship Hall Lobby (downstairs) and in the Narthex (upstairs) will showcase this year’s campaign, where we will have empty OCC Shoeboxes ready for you to take and to fill with gifts for children in need around the world.  We’ll also have some gift items to start you off.

Thank you to everyone who packed a shoebox in the past.  No matter how many shoeboxes you packed in the past, we are asking you to consider packing one more box this year.  Each gift-filled shoebox is a Gospel Opportunity – the doorway to reach a child with the Gospel of Christ.  Learn more about Operation Christmas Child through the nearby articles, orr each out to Missions Coordinator Lucy DeBarge through the church office.  God bless you for your kindness and generosity!        

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes leaving St. Andrew for the Processing Center in Baltimore. More than 10,000 gift-filled OCC Shoeboxes passed through our 2020 OCC Central Drop Off location at St. Andrew and were loaded into 3 trailers as part of the OCC network of activities which will culminate in the gift-filled shoeboxes arriving in the destination countries to be distributed to children in need around the world. Thanks to all of our St. Andrew volunteers who participated in this wonderful project!


Operation Christmas Child 2020


More About Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. What goes into a shoebox is fun (all of those fun gifts for a child), but what comes out is eternal! Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ. As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while their family and friends listen in.

Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language. Operation Christmas Child distributes these shoebox gifts to children in desperate situations around the world including boys and girls who suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoeboxes filled with gifts. 

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, click on this link: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20

Thank you and God bless you!