It’s Shoebox Time!
Collection Season at Cherrydale: Oct. 29 – Nov. 19
For 18 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 1992, over 209 million children in over 170 countries and territories have learned about Jesus via shoeboxes!
There are three ways you can participate at Cherrydale!
1. Pack Your Own Shoeboxes
Starting October 29, visit the OCC Table in the Commons to pick up free shoeboxes & info about the ministry. Each shoebox should be accompanied by a $10 tax-deductible donation to cover ministry expenses, such as teacher training materials and student gospel booklets. Activate the QR Code on your shoebox label to find out where your gift is sent! Shoeboxes will be collected at Cherrydale through Nov. 19 at 12:00 pm.
2. Donate to Our Fundraising Page for Operation Christmas Child
We’re raising $3,200 to support the Youth Ministry’s Shoebox Packing Party on November 15. The teens have a goal of packing at least 200 shoeboxes to share Jesus with children. Your tax-deductible gift will cover gospel booklets, workbooks for a 12-week discipleship class, teacher training, and all other ministry expenses. We’ve already collected new, high-quality supplies, and Children’s Ministry has prepared pencil pouches and craft kits. Our senior citizens will join on Nov. 15 to pray with the teens. It’s a church-wide endeavor!
3. Build a Shoebox Online
These $25 gifts are specifically targeted for hard-to-reach countries (where it is difficult to share the gospel for religious, cultural, or customs reasons); however, these gifts offer local believers a sensitive way to initiate ongoing relationships with those who may not know Christ.
Or you can simply make your tax-deductible donation and have boxes packed for you. Your $25 includes the $10 ministry expense donation.
Take the Next Step: Serve at a Processing Center
Join other Cherrydalers at the Baltimore/Washington Processing Center to pray over and prepare shoeboxes for international shipment.
Location: 2100 Sparrows Point Boulevard, Edgemere, MD 21219
- Monday, Dec. 4, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (contact Janine Buser: [email protected])
- Saturday, Dec. 9, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (contact Anita Donatella, [email protected])
To join Cherrydale’s OCC team or learn more about Operation Christmas Child, contact Janine Buser, [email protected]