Operation Christmas Child 2018

Operation Christmas Child is an evangelical ministry of Samaritan's Purse that sends Love-Filled, Gift-Filled Shoeboxes around the world. This is Bethel's 5th year to officially participate in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.

Shoeboxes filled with gifts, hygiene items, school supplies, and clothing items are presented to children in 3rd World countries as well as areas affected by famine, natural disasters, and diseases. In 2017, BBC's Shoeboxes went to Haiti, which had been hit by a hurricane earlier in the year. Between 2010 and 2017, Haiti has lost more than 10,000 people to cholera. 

While the children receive Shoeboxes filled with fun, the real gift they receive is the knowledge that Jesus loves them and died for them.  Each child receives The Greatest Gift, a booklet about Jesus in their own language. When these precious children take their gifts home, they are sharing your graciousness and Jesus' love with their family and friends. Samaritan's Purse estimates that each Shoebox touches the lives of approximately 11-12 people. 

Our goal for Bethel Baptist Church Norman in 2018 is to send 500 Shoeboxes. 

  • Bethel's Operation Christmas Child Kickoff Sunday is October 21.
      
  • Shoeboxes will be available starting that morning in both Foyers outside the Sanctuary.
      
  • Filled Shoeboxes are due back by Sunday, November 11. Don't forget to include $9 shipping.
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How to Pack a Box

  • Beginning on Sunday, October 21, pick up boxes in the Foyers at Bethel.
     
  • Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14, and fill the box with gifts. Visit the link below for gift selections at each age group and gender:
     

     
  • Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.
     
  • Avoid specific items: candy; toothpaste; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
     
     

      
  • Filled shoeboxes are due back at Bethel by Sunday, November 11. Include $9 shipping per box (cash or checks payable to "Operation Christmas Child")

Questions? More information?

Contact Jodi Shumway through the online contact form below or contact Bethel's Church Office which is available Monday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, and Friday's, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, at 405-329-3749.

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