Operation Christmas Child @ EBC

We are so glad to announce that we will begin our collection for Operation Christmas Child 2020. Shoeboxes will be available at the church starting Sunday, September 27th. In 2019 we were able to pack and ship 54 shoeboxes. We would love to double that number in 2020. Each shoebox not only blesses a child with some needed items that meet their physical needs, it also opens the door for that child to hear the Gospel message. 

We will collect shoe boxes through Sunday, November 1st. 

If you are unable to shop but would like to help, you can donate money to help cover the cost of shipping a shoebox. The average cost per box is $9. 

Below you will find some packing ideas and things to avoid putting in your shoebox. 

Thank you in advance for being a part of this ministry opportunity. 

Packing Ideas - Do's & Dont's

- Wow Item -

Start with a medium to large item that will capture a child's attention the minute they open their box. 

Examples: Soccer Ball with pump, stuffed animal, toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.) Musical instrument, outfit, shoes. 

- Other Suggestions - 

Toys: Toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries in package). 

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

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

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

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a not to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include a name and address the child may be able to write back.

Do Not Include:

Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war related items or weapons; chocolate or food; fruit rolls; fruit snacks; drink mixes; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes, glass containers or aerosol cans.