samaritan's  purse

Mission Statement



Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

operation  christmas  child

The Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts‑filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift—filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 178 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

In 2020, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. More than 10.5 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2019, with more than 8.9 million collected in the U.S.


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You can pick up your shoeboxes, boy/girl labels and a complete list of gift suggestions, just outside of the church's library. 


Payne   Avenue

Build   your  box  

three   weeks   to   go

Our Goal

200 shoeboxes


National Collection Week

November 16-23. 


Start shopping now! 

You can pick up your boxes, boy/girl labels and a complete list of gift suggestions, just outside the church's library. 

Don't have time to shop? You can adopt a box for $20 and we will shop for you. The youth will then build your box. Don't forget to include your $9 shipping cost for each box you build/donate.

 

Deadline for turning in the filled shoeboxes and the $9 shipping cost is November 15th.

 

Please help our youth ministry reach their goal. Put donations in church envelope under OTHER and write OCC beside it

". . .let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18 (KJV)


"What goes in a shoebox is Fun...But what comes out is ETERNAL!" 

Thanks in advance from the Payne Avenue Youth Ministry.

gift   suggestions

Fill empty shoeboxes with a 'WOW' item; school supplies, hygiene items and lots more, see below.


Please Do Not include:  candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war‑related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or aerosol cans.


You can pick up your boxes, boy/girl labels and a complete list of gift suggestions, just outside the church's library. 

  • BOYS   and   GIRLS    AGE  2 - 4

     

    ‘WOW’ Item

    Doll; Soccer Ball (include Manual air pump); stuffed animal; small musical instrument




    Personal Care Items

    Comb; Hairbrush; Toothbrush; Washcloth; Bar Soap (packaged or in container); Adhesive Bandages (Colorful - Do Not include liquid antibiotic ointment)

    Reusable plastic containers; Sunglasses

    Blanket


    Clothing and Accessories

    Shirts and pants; Underwear; shoes and socks; Flip Flops; Hat/scarf/mittens; Sunglasses

    For Girls:  Bracelets; hair bows;




    Crafts and Activities

    Pencils; small manual pencil sharpener; colored pencils; crayons; markers; pens; coloring pads; coloring books; picture book; Notebooks; Glue stick (no liquid glue); small adhesive tape; watercolor set; make-it-yourself craft kits/items; playdough; stickers; jump rope



    TOYS

    Foam ball; kickball (include manual air pump; finger puppets; slinky; etch a sketch; interactive toys; play cars/trucks/boats; plastic tools; plastic dinosaurs


  • BOYS  and  GIRLS   AGE  5 - 9

     

    ‘WOW’ Item

    For Girls:  Doll (consider including accessories); Soccer Ball (include Manual air pump); stuffed animal; small musical instrument; Backpack





    Personal Care Items

    Comb; Hairbrush; Toothbrush; Washcloth; Bar Soap (packaged or in container); Adhesive Bandages (Colorful - Do Not include liquid antibiotic ointment); Non-liquid lip balm;

    Reusable plastic containers; Sunglasses

    Blanket; Flashlight (include batteries)



    Clothing and Accessories

    Shirts and pants; Underwear; shoes and socks; Flip Flops; Hat/scarf/mittens; Sunglasses

    For Girls:  Bracelets; hair bows; Tote bag; purse



    School Supplies

    Pencils; small manual pencil sharpener; colored pencils; pens; Blank Index Cards; solar-powered calculator; Safety scissors; ruler; protractor;


    Crafts and Activities

    Coloring Books; Watercolor set; puzzles; Chalkboard and chalk; Binoculars; Building blocks; Tool set;




    TOYS

    Foam ball; kickball (include manual air pump; finger puppets; slinky; etch a sketch; interactive toys; play cars/trucks/boats; plastic tools; plastic dinosaurs

    For Girls: Costume Items to play dress-up; Yo-Yo; small Frisbee; small kite


  • BOYS  and  GIRLS   AGE  10 - 14



    ‘WOW’ Item

    For Girls:  Doll (consider including accessories); Soccer Ball (include Manual air pump); stuffed animal; small musical instrument; Backpack






    Personal Care Items

    Comb; Hairbrush; Toothbrush; Washcloth; Bar Soap (packaged or in container); Adhesive Bandages (Colorful - Do Not include liquid antibiotic ointment); Non-liquid lip balm;

    Reusable plastic containers; Sunglasses

    Blanket; Flashlight (include batteries); Nail clipper and file; stick deodorant

    For Girls:  Compact mirror



    School Supplies

    Pencils; small manual pencil sharpener; colored pencils; pens; Blank Index Cards; solar-powered calculator; Safety scissors; ruler; protractor



    Clothing and Accessories

    Shirts and pants; Underwear; shoes and socks; Flip Flops; Hat/scarf/mittens; Sunglasses; Bandana

    For Girls:  Bracelets; hair bows; Tote bag; purse



    Crafts and Activities

    Coloring Books; Watercolor set; puzzles; Chalkboard and chalk; Binoculars; Building blocks; Tool set; kaleidoscope; marbles; playing cards





    Toys

    Foam ball; kickball (include manual air pump; finger puppets; slinky; etch a sketch; interactive toys; play cars/trucks/boats; plastic tools; plastic dinosaurs

    For Girls: Costume Items to play dress-up; Yo-Yo; small Frisbee; small kite; hacky sack; baseball and mitt; tennis ball


let's   do   it!!

Make 200 shoeboxes YOUR reality.