It's Shoebox Time!

Is your church sending Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes this year? Our church filled 22 boxes last year, and this year we're going to surpass that number!
This year we purchased boxes from Samaritan's Purse which are just the right size, and already Christmas bright -- red and green.
As the church members brought in their boxes, we stacked them in the fellowship hall. We had 22 boxes, but we weren't finished yet. This year we determined to have a "shoebox party" where we all bring in more items and fill boxes at the church. It's so much fun, and it feels so much like Christmas to be boxing presents together for the children.
Three ladies look over our stash of gifts to see what we lack.
We had separate piles of candy, toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and clothing.
Then on Tuesday evening after Bible study, we each grabbed a box and started to pack it for a child.
Each child should certainly receive a stuffed animal and some candy.
When we were done, we had 42 boxes total! And we have several more still to come in.
Jill packed a box for a boy.
And so did Nick. He's all smiles!
If you have never participated in this wonderful program, consider it. Shoeboxes are collected in churches and community centers all over the country, and overseas. You can pack a single box at home yourself and bring it in, and bring such joy to the heart of a child this Christmas.