On November 15, the Rockford area Girl Scouts will meet at North Rockford Middle School to once again pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Last year our area troops packed over 150 shoe boxes! Operation Christmas Child is a kids-helping-kids project that uses simple, gift-filled shoe boxes to show millions of hurting children in over 100 countries that they are loved and not forgotten. The Girl Scouts will be packing empty shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hard candy and hygiene items. Operation Christmas Child collects the gift boxes and hand-delivers them to hurting children around the world. By donating the shipping costs online at www.samaritanspurse.org, you can track where each shoe box gift ends up. Last year, many of the boxes packed by the Girl Scouts went to Iraq and Southern Sudan. If you would like to be a part of this project by donating items for the Girl Scouts’ packing party, please contact Jennie Nichols at (616) 874-1316.
Operation Christmas Child
On November 9, the Rockford area Girl Scouts will meet at North Rockford Middle School to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a kids-helping-kids project that uses simple, gift-filled shoeboxes to show millions of hurting children in over 100 countries that they are loved and not forgotten. The Girl Scouts will be packing empty shoeboxes with simple items most people take for granted, including toys, school supplies and toothbrushes. Operation Christmas Child collects the gift boxes and hand-delivers them to hurting children around the world. If you would like to be a part of this project by donating items for the Girl Scouts’ packing party, please contact Jennie Nichols at (616) 874-1316.
If students can bring in greatly needed undergarments and socks for underprivileged kids, teachers will wear undergarment on their heads. For the ninth straight year, Rockford Christian School (RCS) is participating in the national Operation Christmas Child program that distributes gift boxes with toys, essentials and the Gospel to millions of needy children around the world. Last year almost eight million children received a box from Samaritan’s Purse. This year, the student body will not only be collecting items for the boxes like toothbrushes, coloring books, socks and snacks, they will also be coordinating a fundraiser to pay for shipment of the gifts. One of the events is a fall bake sale. Cider, donuts, and various other baked goods will be sold during the morning and noon break. Students are also encouraged to earn money by raking neighbor’s leaves or helping their parents or grandparents with other chores to earn money for shipment so that they have personal involvement in this outreach program. Students will also be painting the shoeboxes so that the recipients have something festive to open and keep throughout the year. Many of the children who receive the boxes don’t have a place to place their personal treasures, so the boxes are sometimes just as much of a gift as the items inside the boxes. In addition, to painting more than 200 shoeboxes, students will also be writing personal letters and including pictures of themselves, and will also pack all the boxes. More importantly, students will take a box and will pray for the recipient. In addition to receiving the boxes, children around the world receive follow-up discipleship. Many children accept God’s gift of salvation as a result of Operation Christmas Child, which was started in 1970 and is now led by Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham. During the program launch, a challenge was initiated by the teacher coordinator, Katie Underwood. “If the students can collect 250 undergarments and socks, our sixth-grade teacher, Don VerMerris, will wear a pair of underwear on his head for an entire day. If we exceed the goal, our seventh-grade teacher, Julie Barrett, will also don a pair on her head. The kids are motivated by the challenge and get a big kick out of their teachers wearing the underwear.” RCS will […]
A local church church is the drop off point for a world wide children’s program. Crossroads Church, 8331 Meyers Lake Road, Rockford is part of Operation Christmas Child. U.S. kids have no time to waste helping bring joy to millions of needy boys and girls this holiday season. Sending hope to hurting children worldwide is a full-time, year-round effort that requires the contagious compassion of West Michigan families, right now! Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, is calling on local kids, families, churches, businesses, schools and community groups to fill shoeboxes full of gifts for children overseas who are suffering from disease, famine, war, terrorism and natural disaster. “My shoebox gift might be the only gift a child has ever received,” said Jennie Nichols, who has been happily packing shoebox gifts for the past seven years. “A shoebox can make a difference. It lets children know that someone really does care about them.” Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has collected and hand-delivered more than 68 million shoebox gifts to hurting kids in some 130 countries since 1993. “It’s amazing how much simple gifts like small toys, pencils, toothbrushes and a handwritten note mean to children who may have nothing to call their own,” said Lori Hoyt, who volunteers and packs shoebox gifts. Here’s how you can help: • PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, community groups, and businesses to take part in making shoebox gifts for needy children. • PACK—Fill shoe boxes with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and a letter of encouragement. • PROCESS—Sign up to join thousands of Operation Christmas Child volunteers this fall, at one of hundreds of collection sites across Michigan, to collect and prepare millions of shoebox gifts for delivery to underprivileged children on six continents. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.