October is here and even though Christmas is a couple months away we are already collecting for Operation Christmas Child. This year you can participate in a couple ways. You can get a box and pack it yourself or you can donate items from the list below and the KIDS will pack the boxes for you during a packing party on Wednesday, November 4th after Wednesday Night Diner. Boxes and How to Pack a Box instructions are outside the church office and in the Narthex.
Suggestions for your box
A “Wow” Item. Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc. School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc. Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc. Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc. Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets. Download instructions here. A Personal Note: 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 be able to write back.