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Lakeside Baptist Church

Operation Christmas Child

SEND GOOD NEWS AND GREAT JOY.

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing
children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

operation-christmas-child2Process of Operation Christmas Child—

Individuals and families fill empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement.

Lakeside Baptist Church will collect the gift-filled shoeboxes and deliver them to a local Samaritan’s Purse drop-off site.

Shoebox gifts are prepared for overseas shipment at nine major processing centers across the United States—Atlanta; Baltimore; Boone, N.C.; Charlotte; Dallas; Denver; Honolulu; Minneapolis; and Southern California.

Samaritan’s Purse will deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Donors can find out the country where their gifts are delivered by creating shipping labels and using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org Click on “Pack a Shoebox” / “Follow-Your-Box Label.”

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HOW TO PACK A SHOEBOX—

1. SHOEBOX

Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size).  You can wrap the box, lid separately,
but wrapping is not required.  Pre-printed Operation Christmas Child boxes are available for free
and can be picked up during church.

2. BOY OR GIRL

Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the
appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.

3. FILL WITH GIFTS

Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).

4. INCLUDE $7 DONATION PER BOX

Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 for
each gift you prepare. You can give online to discover the destination of your box.  Or, you can write a check
to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox.
If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation. Note: Follow Your Box is only available through
online giving.

Remember to Pray for the children who will receive your shoebox gifts.

5. DROP OFF

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to church on or before Sunday, November 21, 2016.

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GIFT SUGGESTIONS—

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: 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.

FAQ—

Do I have to use a cardboard shoebox?

No, you may also use a similarly sized plastic storage container with a removable lid or other similarly sized box.

Can I wrap my shoebox?

Yes, but please remember to wrap the lid separately.

Where will my shoebox be delivered?

Countries vary from year to year. If you make your shipping donation online, you can discover the destination of your shoebox.

For more information, contact Brice Schmidt.

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