Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse is upon us as National Collection Week is here from Nov. 16-23. First Baptist Church Olney will be open for donations Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. According to https://www.samaritanspurse. org/operation-christmas-child/ pack-a-shoe-box/, “1. Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately, 2. “Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14”,
3. Fill with Gifts
“Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.”
4. “Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.”
Bill Little is the coordinator for Operation Christmas Child here in Olney and encourages anyone and everyone to donate a shoebox to the designated drop off location at First Baptist Church Olney. You do not need to be a member of FBC Olney to donate a shoebox. Anyone is welcome to donate. These shoeboxes will go to kids in third world countries who do not receive many gifts on Christmas. Each child will also receive a small booklet about the gospel and Jesus. Many children have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior over the years through Operation Christmas Child. “Boxes are prayed over from the time they are packaged to when the child receives them,” Bill Little said. Little went on to add that he and his wife pray over the box that they have personally donated that they would meet the needs of the Child through God’s plan. “It’s not just a coincidence that these shoeboxes go to these children, but rather the divine intervention of God’s love,” he stated. Everyone is welcome to participate, including the surrounding community, social clubs, youth organizations and Olney Public Schools. You can visit the Operation Christmas Child website or contact Bill Little at 940-564-6265 for more details.