Operation Christmas Child
Sometimes, in the midst of our excitement at packing shoeboxes, we forget the significance that receiving such a gift has on the life of individuals.
Mackenzie, a teacher in Texas, was reminded of this when she invited her 4th and 5th grade E.S.L. students to join her in packing 2 shoeboxes.
Only 2 boxes because all of her students were within their first year in the United States. Many had fled to the States from war-torn countries. Several were living in small apartments shared by multiple families. Though the children had very little, she wanted to teach them about serving others. As she began talking with the children about what they might put in the boxes, they became very excited.
One boy called out, "Teacher! I get this!"
Mackenzie smiled. "Great! I'm glad you're excited."
"No, Teacher. Iraq, when I in camp. I get this!"
"Me too, Teacher", came from across the room.
Within minutes she discovered 6 of her 25 students had actually received Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. As the bell rang and the headed out the door, she reminded them - "Friday! Don't forget to bring your supplies on Friday."
The next day, all her students were waiting for her as she arrived at school. They had plastic bags filled to the brim with new toys and supplies. The ones who gave the most were the ones who had once received. They and their parents never forgot the generosity of complete strangers to their children when they were in extreme need.
Mackenzie ends her story with these words, "As the week concluded, I knew our two boxes were not going to be enough. Instead, my impoverished class of 25 students filled 38 shoeboxes! That, my friends, is gratitude!"
We invite you to join us as we prepare for collecting shoeboxes this year. There are two ways you can participate.
- Pack individual shoeboxes. Each year, our family enjoys packing some "of our own". You never know what prayer may be answered by what the Lord directs yoiu to put in the box.
- Contribute to, and attend, our Packing Party. Between now and November 2nd, we will be collecting supplies in the bins located by the Coor classroom. On November 7th, we will gather at our Packing Party to share a meal and to pack shoeboxes together as a church family.
- You can find a list of things to put in the shoeboxes below.
Helpful Hints for "Shoebox"
TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, 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.
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.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Do not include used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
Newington Baptist Church
6169 Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061
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WORSHIP TIME: Sundays at 10:15 AM
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