Operation Christmas Child
Christmas shoe boxes is one of our passions at King Street Church. We are privileged that dedicated volunteers wrap empty boxes ALL YEAR so that we can have piles — over 2,000! — ready to be claimed on behalf of needy children around the world. We are also blessed to be the hometown of the OCC Warehouse, a resource that provides supplies that are perfect for shoe boxes at a greatly reduced price. Download the flyer on the OCC Warehouse for full details, or scroll down for some limited information.
Filling shoe boxes is a wonderful project to do as a class (packing party!) or a family. Each box in the lobby contains a flyer with full instructions on how to fill it. Here are the basics:
- Choose a boy, or a girl, and an age group.
- Purchase a “wow” item, a toy such as a doll, sports ball (with pump), stuffed animal, or musical instrument.
- Fill the rest of the box with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Include a personal note and a photo!
- Provide a $9 donation to cover shipping and related costs.
- Pray for the child who receives your box! Samaritan’s Purse will enclose Gospel materials in the child’s language. Pray that if they don’t already know the Lord, that the Good News of Christ would take root in their hearts!
More Gift Ideas & Guidelines:
- “Wow” Items — Outfit, shoes, musical instrument, soccer ball with pump, stuffed animal, doll
- Toys — Toy cars, jump ropes, yo-yos, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)
- Accessories — Socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry/watches, flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Non-Liquid Hygiene Items — Toothbrushes, bar soap, washcloths, combs
- School Supplies — Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons and markers, notebooks and paper, coloring and picture books, solar calculators
- Quality Crafts — Hair bows, finger puppets, friendship bracelets (check out the OCC boards on Pinterest for more suggestions)
- DO NOT INCLUDE: Any type of candy/chocolate/ food/drink mix/snacks, toothpaste, war-related toys, used or damaged items, liquids/lotions, glass items, aerosol cans.
Visit the OCC Warehouse at 305 W. Commerce Street: Here in Chambersburg we have access to a unique resource, a warehouse containing a wide variety of discounted items perfectly designed for shoe boxes. Their vision is to purchase large quantities of basic items at reduced prices to offer at cost to those filling Christmas boxes. Here are a few examples of what they offer:
- Toothbrush — 17¢
- Bar of Soap — 10¢
- Small Wood Car—25¢
- Frisbee — 30¢
- Jump Rope — 30¢
- Coloring Book — 40¢
- Light-Up Yo-Yo — 50¢
- Fabric Tote Bag — 50¢
- Neon Backpack — 60¢
- School Kit — $1
You are invited to shop at the OCC Warehouse but be aware, it is only open certain days. To see a full schedule of days/times, detailed directions, and a complete list of items, download the flyer.