Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Each year Operation Christmas Child delivers gift boxes to thousands of children who are victims of natural disaster, war, diseases, and famine. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
Crossroads has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to support Operation Christmas Child for many years, and we are excitited to join with them again this year.
If you would like to fill a shoe box with gifts, a few boxes are still left in our Missions and Ministry Center. Once they are used, please consider purchasing a clear plastic shoe-box.
Gift Suggestions from OCC
Gift boxes are grouped as follows:
For Boys – 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, and 10-14 years old
For Girls – 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, and 10-14 years old
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Toys: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yous, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Skinky®, etc.
Hygiene Items: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
Other: hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries).
A Personal Note: In a separate envelope, 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 write back.)
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not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cansIncluding a $7 check to cover shipping cost is greatly appreciated.