From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country. Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes. Long before shoeboxes arrive in more than 100 countries, volunteer National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children. The leaders learn how to host child-friendly outreach events, and how to implement The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program.
Would you like to share your resources with children around the world through Operation Christmas Child? All you have to do is grab a shoebox or similarly sized plastic container, fill it with awesome stuff, and bring it to Riverside on or before Sunday, November 19. For more information on what to include in your box, you can pick up a brochure at the Operation Christmas Child table at Riverside or go here. Note: This year toothpaste and candy have been added to the list of items not to pack. We also want to make you aware that again this year, someone has graciously offered to pay the $9 per box shipping charge for all donated boxes.
Don’t forget…all boxes need to be turned in to Riverside’s building by the end of second service on Sunday, November 19.