Due to COVID, Operation Christmas Child will look a little different this year. Instead of our traditional packing party, we will have boxes available for you to take home and pack!
Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a child in need. By packing a shoebox filled with gifts and necessities, you will share God's love to a child who is struggling with real struggles.
Shoeboxes are available for pick up at 160 Cowan Road!
How to Pack a Shoebox
1. Determine the child you want to bless. Boy or Girl? Ages 2-4 or 5-9 or 10-14.
2. Shop and fill your box with gifts!
3. Every shoebox needs a $9 donation to provide for collecting, processing, shipping and other project costs.
- Most boxes included this special Follow Your Box adhesive label, you can activate by following the instructions. Attach that label to your shoebox, and you will be able to track the country where your box will be delivered with the message of Christ's love!!
- If you didn’t pay online to “Follow Your Box”. Enclose cash or check made payable to Samaritan’s Purse.
4. Send a picture of you and/or your family and write a short, encouraging note to the child who will received your gift box.
5. Pray a blessing over your box and the child who will receive it.
6. Drop off your shoebox on or before November 22nd to Gateway Church.
What To Pack In A Shoebox
There are lots of great things you can fill your child's shoebox with. Start with a "wow" item that will capture the child's attention like a stuffed animal or ball. Then, think about adding some personal care items, clothing and accessories, crafts and activities, other toys and a personal note and a photo of yourself, your family or a group. Need more ideas? Click on the links below for more suggestions on what to put in your child's box.
GTWY Church is a Community Drop-off Center
During National Collection Week (November 16 - 23), Gateway will serve as a shoebox drop-off location for our community!
Monday, November 16 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 17 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 18 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday, November 19 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday, November 20 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, November 21 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday, November 22 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday, November 23 - 9am to 11am
During the collection week, drop off will be curbside. You will be met by a volunteer who will retrieve your shoeboxes.