The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. St Thomas UMC has a year-round team dedicated to filling shoeboxes with a variety of gifts that will delight any child. See below for some ways you can assist with filing a shoe box:
Crafting: The craft group for those with limited crafting talent or copious amounts of crafting talent continues every second Saturday of the month in room 305 from 10 AM-12 noon. We're making all kinds of things for our shoebox kids. If you're an at-home crafter, please let me know that, too, and I can get you materials and patterns for little things if you want to work from home.
Spring/Fall cleaning? Running into buttons? Plastic bottles (like large pharmacy bottles, vitamin bottles)? Fabric remnants? Yarn? DMC floss? Even if they're not brand new, please bring them in to the work room at church and put them in the Operation Christmas Child bin. We'll make good use of them. We LOVE to upcycle!
School supplies: We also collect school supplies, so as you clean out from under beds and in cabinets at home, please think of us. We're taking compasses, pencils, pencil sharpeners, rulers, markers, crayons, and older children's books (chapter books).
Gently used and brand new clothing items for children in sizes 2-14: If you find almost-new t-shirts, underwear, and socks in your children's dresser drawers and you're looking for a good place to donate it, please give it to us for our shoeboxes.
Plastic GLAD/sandwich meat containers (nearly new containers) are needed to put soap bars in. We turn the old sandwich containers into little hygiene kits for our shoebox kids to use over and over, even as the soap wears down to a sliver. Ivory soap bars are greatly needed because our kids can use them for cleaning not just their bodies, but also their clothing. If the Lord places this on your heart, we'd love your help.