October is here and even though Christmas is a couple of months away we are already collecting for Operation Christmas Child. This year you can participate in a couple of 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 Dinner. 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 a 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.