Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries. Each one—packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items by a family or individual—is sent with prayer that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts.
It Changed My Life
One Christmas, an 8-year-old girl named Felisha on the island of Trinidad received a shoebox gift packed with a doll, stationery, colorful socks, and a teddy bear. “I didn’t know anything about Jesus because I had never been to church before, so I was really curious,” Felicia said. As a result of her shoebox gift, she began attending church in a neighboring village with a friend. When her sister received a shoebox gift the following year, her father said, “I was amazed at the love I saw in those boxes.”
Since then, each member of their family has accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Together, they worked to plant a church in their hometown—aptly named Hard Bargain. Felisha knows that her shoebox was more than a collection of toys and useful items: “It made me learn about God, it helped start this church, and it changed my life.” Felisha is among countless children whose lives have been changed forever through the power of God’s love, demonstrated through simple gifts.
Through the beginning of November, you will find shoeboxes in the FBC foyer. Please take a box and fill it with the suggested age and sex appropriate items. Feel free to include a personal note or picture of you and/or your family. Some children have the opportunity of writing or even emailing you back. And finally, pray for your child, this program, all the way to the person packing and shipping your box to the couriers themselves. Please return your packed box to FBC no later than Friday, November 9. A $9 donation per shoebox gift is critical to provide for shipping and other ministry expenses.