Our Shoebox Ministry Team collects supplies all year for Operation Christmas Child. We pack and prepare the boxes from September through November. At the beginning of November we have a special Collection and Dedication time during the morning worship service. When they leave Delaney, they are packaged to go to various countries, ministering to thousands of children all over the world!!
What goes in the box is fun… what comes out is eternal. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship, transforming the lives of children and their families around the world. Will you help? See Carol Smith or stop by the Library for more details.
Below are a few ways you can help…
1 – Fill a shoebox with gifts (see lists)
2 – Donate:
– Empty shoeboxes (cardboard or plastic)
– Packing Supplies (tape, shipping tape, leftover gift wrap, XL rubber bands, ziplock bags (snack size to quart size)
– Shoebox gifts (see lists)
– Money for shipping/handling, shoebox costs or other shoebox supplies.
– Old Christmas Cards/postcards for decorating shoeboxes.
3 – Volunteer to help:
– Decorate donated shoeboxes
– Organize donated gifts and supplies
– Make shoebox gifts
– Transport filled shoeboxes to collection point
4 – Pray! Pray! Pray! Prayer Guide/Bookmarks are available in the Library and can also be dowloaded by clicking here.
Shoebox Gift Suggestions:
Delight a kid! Start with a medium to large item that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box.
Ideas include: Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes
Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets. Download instructions here.
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.
Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; candy; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); toothpaste; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
For age and Gender Specific Items: Click here
For more details about Operation Christmas Child visit their website at Operation Christmas Child / Smaritan’s Purse Website
Christmas is all year long at Delaney, we collect items for our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry…
JANUARY: we ask for donations of old Christmas Cards
FEBRUARY: we ask for quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or a clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box!
MARCH: we ask for donations of Children’s Hygiene Products such as toothbrushes, pocket tissues, combs, brushes, stick deodorant, bar soap, washcloths, and hair accessories.
APRIL: we ask for donations of Children’s wearable items, such as hats, gloves, sunglasses, jewelry, watches, flip flops, socks, t-shirts, scarves, bandana’s, etc. Dollar Tree has these items at low prices.
MAY: we ask for donations of empty shoeboxes (Cardboard or Plastic).
JUNE: we ask for donations of items for Girls, such as toys, clothes, school supplies, etc.
JULY: we ask for donations of items for Boys, such as toys, clothes, school supplies, etc.
AUGUST: we ask for shoeboxes filled with gifts, or fill them at our packing parties.
SEPTEMBER: we ask for donations of school supplies and adult shoe boxes.
OCTOBER: we ask for monetary donations to cover the cost of shipping ($9).
NOVEMBER: we ask for monetary donations to cover the cost of shipping ($9)
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Parties
Our Shoebox ministry hosts Packing Parties for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Come join the fun for this worthy cause! These are held in Room C203-4.
Stay tuned… our packing party dates and times for 2018 are to come. We invite and encourage you to attend any or all of these parties! Bring supplies to donate, bring a box if you have one, if not, we have plenty. You can sponsor a complete box for $15. This covers the cost of shipping, as well as all of the gifts inside the box. Contact Carol Smith in the Library if you have any questions.