It’s time for Operation Christmas Child! Each year we fill shoeboxes with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to be sent to children around the world through Samaritan’s Purse.
PACKING YOUR BOX
• Pick up a box and a label from the foyer outside the church office
• Fill your box with small toys, school supplies, non-liquid hygiene items, accessories, etc.
• Enclose a check payable to Haran Baptist Church for $9.00 to cover shipping
• Return your box to the church by Sunday, November 1, 2020.
No liquids, no toothpaste, no candy or food, and no breakable items.
Please make your check out to Haran Baptist Church (NOT to Samaritan’s Purse). This makes it easier for us to ensure that shipping is covered for all our boxes. We will then pay for all the boxes at once and we’ll be able to track where they’re sent. Over the past several years our boxes have gone to Colombia, Peru, Ghana, Togo, Angola, Burundi, and Zambia.
Please put your check inside your box. If you’re packing multiple boxes, you can write one check for all of them and leave it inside one of your boxes.
• Toys: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.
• School Supplies: Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books
• Hygiene Items: Toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
• Other: 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.)
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Used or damaged items
- War-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures
- Candy, chocolate or food
- Liquids or lotions
- Medications or vitamins
- Breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers
- Aerosol cans
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the Operation Christmas Child website for gift suggestions, FAQs about what can be included in your box, stories from children who have received shoeboxes, and more.
What goes into the box is fun…what comes out is eternal. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the good news of Jesus Christ!