The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.
In 2016, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 150,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.
Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes with a “wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. During National Collection Week (Nov. 14 – 21) Samaritan’s Purse collects the gift-filled shoeboxes at more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
CBC is the Southern Vermont collection center for OCC, and we are looking forward to both our church packing party on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1pm, as well as the week following, as we see shoeboxes packed with love arriving from all over southern Vermont!
Mon Nov 14 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tue Nov 15 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wed Nov 16 2016: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thu Nov 17 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fri Nov 18 2016: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sat Nov 19 2016: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Sun Nov 20 2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mon Nov 21 2016: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.