Operation Christmas Child

Creekside is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child. Shoeboxes and packing lists are available in the Creekside lobby. Shoeboxes are due by Sunday, November 18th. Read on to learn more about this wonderful project.

How To Pack A Shoebox

1. Find a shoebox
Start with an average size cardboard or plastic shoebox. You can also pick up free Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at Creekside.

2. Girl or boy?
Decide if you will pack a box for a girl or boy and the age group: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

3. Fill the box with gifts!
Select one "WOW" gift (like a doll, soccer ball with a pump, stuffed animal, outfit, shoes, puppet, truck, or musical instrument.) Then fill your shoebox with other items such as:

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.)

School Supplies: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Non-liquid Hygiene Items: Toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back. 

Please Do Not Include: Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

4. Pray
Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.

5. Drop Off Your Box
Drop off your box at Creekside by November 18th.

Want to learn more about what happens after you drop off your shoebox? Read about "The Journey of a Shoebox."