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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox ministry brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of children throughout the world.

Operation Christmas Child News :  by Cathy Atchison

This month I would like to share a few simple ways that you can get your children and grandchildren involved with Operation Christmas Child. Children are never too young to begin to learn about the importance of giving to others, nor are they are ever too young to participate.

First, they can color a picture on the inside of the Operation Christmas Child box before you fold it up. The children receiving the box will be excited when they open up the lid and see the beautiful pictures.

Second, you can take your child to the store with you to pick out items to put in the boxes. Pretty pencils and small notebooks, a stuffed animal, a coloring book – whatever you can think of that will fit in the box.

Third, include a picture of your child in the box and your name and address. Some children are able to write back to you.

Fourth, track your box. You can follow where your box goes to see what country it ends up in. This past year, the boxes we packed at Grace UMC ended up in the Ukraine and in Honduras.

For the month of May, we will be collecting small toys, such as balls, dinosaurs, dolls, jump ropes, stickers, small instruments, etc. Please feel free to be creative in your selections.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 717-692-2896. Happy Packing!




Cathy Atchison, OCC in-house collections coordinator

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