Operation Christmas Child

Packing Your Shoe Boxes (PDF)
Return your boxes by November 11th.

Posted on October 11, 2012

An Early Christmas Tradition

By Joyce Badley, Executive Pastor

Over the next couple of weeks everyone at St. Paul’s is invited to bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas. It’s really easy. Simply pick up a shoe box from the Atrium and fill it with gifts for a child in need.

Our goal this year is to have 500 shoe boxes by November 11th. If every individual from St. Paul’s took the time to make up one shoe box we would well exceed that target.  

To participate:
1.    Select a shoe box. Pick one up from the Atrium or use one of your own.
2.    Boy or Girl? Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
3.    Fill your shoe box. Guidelines can be found in the brochures in the Atrium or online.
4.    Make your Donation. A donation of $7 per box helps to cover the shipping costs. Envelopes are included in the brochures.
5.    Return your shoe boxes to St. Paul’s no later than November 11th.

Operation Christmas Child has become a family tradition in the Badley household. Every October we look forward to the arrival of the shoe boxes and make it a family affair to go shopping for toys and other items. We then sort and pack, and inevitably have too much stuff and have to get more shoe boxes.

When our kids were younger we would often gear our shoe boxes towards children of the same gender and age as they were. It made it easier to pick out items but sometimes parting with the gifts wasn’t so easy. Knowing they were going to a child who might not otherwise receive anything for Christmas made all the difference. Through Operation Christmas Child we can share with these children the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ.

For some it might seem early to start thinking about Christmas but what a great way to reach out to those with so little and to spend a few minutes reflecting on the true meaning of the season before things get too busy for so many of us.