- Phone: (732) 349-5367
- Mailing Address: 1528 Church Rd. Toms River, NJ 08755
We encourage all of our St. Andrew members and friends to build OCC Shoeboxes for needy children around the world. We have plenty of empty OCC Shoeboxes (preprinted decorated shoeboxes) to share with you – just let us know how many you would like. For each shoebox, decide if you will pack for a girl or for a boy, and the age category: 2-4; 5-9; 10-14.
Gifts should include age appropriate toys, dolls, stuffed animals, hygiene items, school supplies, etc. Important Reminders: No candy and No Toothpaste (due to customs regulations). No liquids of any kind and no war related toys, please! Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your shoebox gift, and feel free to include a personal note and photo. Please include $9 shipping for each shoebox (checks payable to Samaritan’s Purse) or donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift. Return your gift-filled shoeboxes to St. Andrew at your convenience, any time through mid-November.
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, or reach out to Missions Coordinator Lucy DeBarge through the church office. Thank you and God bless you for your kindness and generosity!
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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD “GOOD NEWS. GREAT JOY.”
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!