“It’s incredible to see the difference a simple shoebox gift can make in the life of a child. They bring the message of unconditional love and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “There’s still nothing like seeing how one gift can impact the eternal destiny of a child.”
Many children who receive shoebox gifts will also enroll in Operation Christmas Child’s 12-lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. This program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Since 2009, 14.9 million children have participated in the program. Every child who graduates is given a New Testament in their own language.
To participate with the St. Peter's family, there are two options and you can choose one or both of them:
All chapel offerings collected in September through November will be dedicated to covering the cost of shipping our goal of 100 shoeboxes. It is a suggested donation of $9 per box so our goal is to raise $900! If you write a check, please be sure to make it out to St. Peter's, Edina and write "OCC" in the memo.
Pack a shoebox by picking up a "shoebox" in The Commons on your way out there door. Inside the box are directions on how to pack your shoebox gift and a label that you can add to your box to let us know for whom your gifts are designed. For security purpose, please DO NOT put any shipping donations inside your packed shoebox.
The last day for students to return their packed shoeboxes is at chapel on Wednesday, November 6. The last day for worship attenders to return their packed shoeboxes is at worship on Sunday, November 10. Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday, November 17 at 9:30 am as we dedicate all the shoeboxes collected to God's glory and to the benefit of children around the world.
Don't want to pack a box, but would still like to participate? Anyone can still be a part of this life changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online HERE.
Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, more than 168 million Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes have been distributed to children in more than 160 countries and territories. To learn about year-round and seasonal volunteer opportunities or to serve with Operation Christmas Child, visit their website.