What is a packing party?
A packing party is where a church or organization collects shoebox items throughout the year, and the in November all who want to will gather to select appropriate items to fill individual shoeboxes. This allows people to purchase bulk items when they are on sale. It also means that each person doesn’t have to get such a wide variety of things that make a good shoebox.
How do we do it?
Now through November, please bring shoebox items to the specially marked bin in the fellowship hall. In October you will get some specific ideas of items that have not yet been donated. We will also need to collect monetary donations to cover shipping at $9/box, which can be given to FCC. All who want to pack shoeboxes can join us on Saturday, November 16th.
Our goal as a church is to pack at least 50 boxes. Remember that shoeboxes can be made for boys and girls ages
2-4, 5-9, and 10-14.
Why do we participate in Operation Christmas Child?
In addition to blessing children who would not otherwise receive such a gift, each shoebox has the potential to reach whole families with the gospel. Every child who receives a box also hears a gospel presentation, receives a gospel story booklet, and is given an invitation to know and follow Christ. Many children then return for a 12-week discipleship program led by a local pastor where the boys and girls grow in Christ and share with family and friends. As a result of Operation Christmas Child families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed.
May I still bring a shoebox that I pack myself?
YES! – Bring your boxes to church on Sunday, November 17th.