The Operation Christmas Child Leadership Team consists of 18 people from Immanuel who are fearlessly led by Susan Schmidt and Connie Pfeifer. They meet year-round to work on fundraising, acquiring new donations, watching for sales, planning the packing party and running all of the Prep events throughout the year.
Immanuel has been involved with OCC now for almost 20 years. Most recently, they’ve been hosting packing parties instead of everyone just doing boxes on their own. Their goal for this year is 5,013 shoe box gifts The team has given these boxes the nickname, GOSPEL OPPORTUNITIES, since the shoe boxes are a tool to presenting the Gospel to the children. Inventory has been collected all year and is organized and stored in the church basement. The team tries their best to include “staples” in each box – which is toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, crayons (or markers or colored pencils), notebook, pens, pencils, sharpener, candy, stuffed animal and of course, a toy. They also encourage members to write a letter or put a picture in the box.
OCC encourages a $7 per box donation to cover shipping the boxes to the children and for the Gospel Booklet that accompanies the shoe box gift. This year they are hosting benefit nights at Wendy’s, had a garage sale, and used M&M tubes as a tool to have people save quarters for shipping. Each tube filled is $14 and will cover shipping for 2 shoe boxes. People can donate items or money for us to shop. People can always donate to shipping!
The packing party is a Community Event and members are encouraged to invite others along. They will have special invites available on 10/20/13.
Want to volunteer??
Wrapping Party – October 19 from 9-Noon in Surf City. We will be wrapping empty shoe boxes, sharpening pencils, writing letters and a few other jobs to prepare for the big packing party.
Final Prep Party will be on Saturday, November 9 from 9-1 pm.
Packing Party – Saturday, November 16 from 9-4. No lunch-type food is available, only holiday treats by donation.
Overall Global goal is 9+ million. Last year the organization hit the milestone of collecting/sending over 100 million shoe box gifts since 1993.
Thank you for your generosity to our one-fund, Accelerate. Because of your generosity, we are able to share God’s love with those who have never heard!