Operation Christmas Child
We are excited to be partnering with Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child again this year as a Drop-off location for the Southbay region. Last year, 2016, we were the first ever Drop-off location for the region and gathered well over 2000 shoe boxes. This year we are excited to include the Westchester Father Daughter Prom Committee as a partner in reaching families in our local community to be part of the gift of giving to needy children around the world.
After receiving a shoebox gift, children have the opportunity to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a dynamic, 12-lesson Bible study course guiding them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.
So what happens to the shoeboxes? Where do they go? How are they distributed? While a few presents are a delightful way to bless a kid, there is much more that happens. Samaritan's purse uses the shoeboxes as part of their evangelism and discipleship outreaches!
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Drop off your shoebox anytime from November 13-20 at the Del Rey Church campus -
8505 Saran Drive, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(check the open hours schedule at the bottom of this page)
If you are at a loss of time to go shopping, pack a box and drop it off, then we have the solution for you! Samaritan's Purse has an easy to use, online method to pack a shoebox Christmas gift.
Make a $9 donation toward shipping and receive a special label. Attach the label to your shoebox, and Operation Christmas Child's volunteer staff will track it and notify you via email about the country where your box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love. While on line accessing this fun tracking feature, you are also given the opportunity to donate to the Greatest Journey by providing class materials.
If you donated through "Follow Your Box" and attached the barcoded label to your shoebox, enter your email address to see the status of your shoebox gift.
During National Collection Week, November 13 - 20, we will be taking in shoe boxes from all over the neighborhood. Last year was our first year as a drop off location and we took in just over 2000 shoe boxes. It was a steep and difficult learning curve and this year we're looking forward to using those lessons to have even a bigger in take! We are hoping to receive close to 3000 shoe boxes ... and we need the help of our Del Rey church family to reach this goal. If you have a heart for serving, and/or a heart for missions, please, sign up!
For those of you who don't already know, Operation Christmas Child was a favorite ministry of our dear sister, Colleen Butcher. The ministry Colleen so dearly loved is dedicated to bringing the good news of the Gospel to unreached people groups across the globe. Pastors and church plants are trained in how to reach out to their local community and bring the gospel to them in the form of an event where children are the focus. It may be a play about a Bible story, a sing-a-long or some other entertainment with a God-centered theme. At the end, shoe boxes are passed out to the children along with a book "The Greatest Journey". They are invited to attend a 12 session teaching of the story of Christ.
Every day 4,428 children come to know the Lord. That's 14 children for every 100 boxes distributed to places like Indonesia, Namibia, Philippines and the Ukraine. Please help us bring the good news of our Lord to these unreached places in our world and sign up to help us collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week.
Del Rey Church Drop Off Days and Hours:
8505 Saran Drive, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Mon Nov 13 2017: 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Tue Nov 14 2017: 7:00am - 9:30am and 3:30pm - 8:30pm
Wed Nov 15 2017: 7:00am - 10:00am and 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Thu Nov 16 2017: 7:00am - 12:00pm
Fri Nov 17 2017: 7:00am - 10:00am and 3:30pm - 8:30pm
Sat Nov 18 2017: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sun Nov 19 2017: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Mon Nov 20 2017: 7:00am - 10:00am
Operation Christmas Child counts on "in-kind" donations to ensure each shoebox gift is full and of the highest quality. We use donated items from organizations and businesses as filler items and to replace items that may harm a child or damage the shoebox. Most in-kind donations we receive are discontinued, imperfect, or overrun items that companies can’t sell, but would make great gifts for needy children around the world.
Volunteering with Operation Christmas Child directly connects you with Godâ€™s global purposes. By serving year-round, you further the proclamation of the Gospel in more than 150 countries around the world. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleshipâ€”transforming the lives of children and their families through the Good News of Jesus Christ.