It’s Shoebox Season!
Oct. 18-Nov. 22
For 15 years, Cherrydale Baptist Church has been filling shoeboxes with gifts and prayers for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. These gifts are provided to trained international church leaders to share the gospel, disciple children, and build the local church. Since 1993, over 178 million children in over 160 countries have learned about Jesus via shoeboxes!
During the pandemic, OCC is taking full precautions at every step of the ministry to ensure the gospel continues moving forward safely. At Cherrydale, we have several safe ways for you participate:
1. Pack Your Own Shoeboxes
Cultivate your perfect gift for a boy or girl, ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Empty shoeboxes and informational brochures will be available in the GO Center starting Sunday, October 18. Return them by Nov. 22 to Cherrydale.
Remember to include a $9 tax-deductible donation per box to cover ministry expenses. Want to know where your box is delivered? Make your $9 donation online and print out a Follow-Your-Box label to affix to your shoebox!
2. Pack an OCC Bundle
Bring a shoebox packing party home! We’ve gathered the contents for nine shoeboxes, you pack and personalize with prayer, a photo and a letter to the child. Return your completed boxes to Cherrydale by Nov. 22.
3. Donate Financially
Visit Cherrydale’s OCC Fundraising Page to make a tax-deductible donation to cover all ministry expenses to bring the gospel to children via shoeboxes: Gospel booklets, discipleship workbooks, New Testaments, teacher training, shipping and processing. Our goal is $5,625 for 375 quality shoeboxes packed in the OCC Bundles and by the youth group.
4. Volunteer at OCC’s Baltimore/Washington Processing Center
Help prepare shoeboxes for international shipment! The Processing Center will be open Nov. 24-Dec. 19 from 9:00 am-10:00 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It’s a great opportunity for teens wanting service hours. Centers will be COVID-safe!
Resources for Kids:
- Coloring Page – Primary (Virginia)
- Coloring Page – Primary (DC)
- Coloring Page – Pre-K “This Is My Hand”
- Coloring Page – Black/White