Operation Christmas Child: Sign Up Your Church! - Hope 103.2

Operation Christmas Child: Sign Up Your Church!

Hope 103.2 is calling on local churches to partner with them on Operation Christmas Child's 'Shoebox Sunday', October 25, by becoming a drop-off point.

By Clare BruceMonday 17 Aug 2015Station NewsReading Time: 3 minutes

If you love giving shoeboxes of presents to kids in need via Operation Christmas Child, now you can get your church on board – and multiply your gifts.

Nepalese girl with her box of gifts from Operation Christmas Child

Hope at Christmas: Children like this little girl, living in one of the areas of Nepal most vulnerable to sex traffficking, will receive Christmas gifts donated through Operation Christmas Child.

This year, Hope 103.2 is joining forces with the local churches of Sydney – churches like yours – to support the Christmas gift drive.

In the past, Hope’s studios have served as a central shoebox drop-off point. This year, we’re calling on churches to join us and partner as Hope 103.2 collection points too.

On “Shoebox Sunday”, October 25, our partnering churches will all throw open their doors to collect donations from their community. Churches registered through Hope 103.2 will receive video presentations from breakfast announcer Dan to help promote the event.

A Great Way To Reach Into Your Local Community

Children receive their gifts from Operation Christmas Child

Christmas chher: Operation Christmas Child is putting smiles on young faces all around the world.

Hope 103.2’s breakfast presenter Dan Widdowson said the gift drive is a great way for churches to connect with their local community.

“Some churches are holding events on Shoebox Sunday with barbecues and facepainting and things,” he said. “So not only will church members be able to support Operation Christmas Child, but people who don’t normally come to church can drop in a shoebox too.”

If the idea of your church being a drop-off point for Shoebox Sunday captures you, then talk to your church leaders and ask if they’re willing to get on board.

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Let them know that your church will be given all the banners, fliers, videos and other resources needed to help promote the event to your community.

If you’re ready to register your church, head to the Nominate Your Church page and fill in the details. Your pastor/minister will be contacted to confirm the registration.

So What Is Operation Christmas Child Exactly?

Burmese boy receives Operation Christmas Child gifts

Bringing joy: A Burmese boy receives his Operation Christmas Child gift box.

 

Operation Christmas Child is an initiative in which millions of shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts and toys are sent to children in need around the world.

It’s an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, a non-profit Christian relief and relief and development organisation that supports people suffering the effects of war, famine, disaster and poverty.

The organisation works in over 100 nations around the world, including Nepal where they are currently delivering post-earthquake relief.

Since Operation Christmas Child began in 1993, more than 125 million shoeboxes, filled with gifts, have been sent to children in over 150 nations around the world.

And since Samaritan’s Purse supports people regardless of their race, creed, gender, religion, or ethnicity, that means children from all walks of life have been touched by the Christmas message through the initiative.

The event only succeeds because of the support of everyday people who donate a shoebox filled with gifts for a child in need.

How To Get Your Church Involved

Burmese children with their gifts from Operation Christmas Child

Light in the dark: Operation Christmas Child brings joy to kids at the Thong Pha Phum Burmese Refugee Village.

If you want more details about how Operation Christmas Child works before committing to becoming a church partner, head to the event website.

If you’ve still got questions, use the Contact Form to contact send a message and OCC staff will be in touch.