Operation Christmas Child
Last Sunday, we kicked off our October Operation Mission, Operation Christmas Child. There is a display at the church entrance with information, idea list and boxes and a basket of free items. You can also use your own shoeboxes. Meg Persavich, project leader, will be available on Sundays to answer any questions. When you get a box filled, you may bring it to the church and place it under the display, on the table under the missions board in the fellowship hall or bring to the office. If you want a box delivered to your home, or picked up call the church office. Our deadline to return to church is November 17. Shipping remains $9 and you may leave check or cash in your box, use the postage paid envelopes on the pamphlets or do shipping labels on line. If you do your shipping label on line with samaritanspurse.org/occ,, you can track your box to its destination by mid December. Tape it to the top of the box where indicated, but do not apply tape directly over the tracking number. Tape makes it too shinny for the scanners to pick up.
If you would rather give money for shipping rather than shopping, please make your check to FUMC Windsor with a note 'For Operation Christmas Child”. You can also built a box online and avoid shopping. Remember each box is a gift of your love, the love of our church and the love of Jesus to a child. Thank You!
Suggestions for Operation Christmas Child boxes:
These are suggestions from other project leaders on the facebook page and Samaritan's purse, operation Christmas child website has many suggestions also.
Doll, deflated soccer ball with pump and needle, stuffed animal, matchbox cars, beanie babies, wooden cars, small etch-a-sketch, small musical instrument (harmonica or woodenwind recorder). string back pack, toy truck or pot.
Additional fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies:
Plastic cup, bowl, plate, or blunt edged utensils
Coloring books, picture books, notebook, stickers
Pencils, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, and pencil sharpeners, school scissors
Bar Soap, Soap container, washcloth
Hair bands, bows, ties, and accessories
Nail clipper, nail file, toothbrush
Water bottles (can fill with small items)
Dupplo blocks, toy dinosaurs, whistles
Jump rope, foam ball, tennis ball, hacky sack
Small frisbee, marbles
Playdough and accessories
Rubix cube, puzzle
String Back pacs
Hats, mittens, scarves
Shirts, pants, underwear, socks
Remove as much packaging as possible safely. It gives more space for packing and trash removal at the destination will vary greatly.
Do NOT include candy, toothpaste, used or damaged items, war related items, seeds, food, liquids, lotions, medications, vitamins, breakables or glass items, aerosal cans. No money, including play money.
Include a note, picture of yourself if you'd like.
BUMP is the shoebox program for the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Montana. Take a shoebox, any size shoebox, and fill it with gifts for a boy or girl ages birth-3 years, 4-7 years, 8-12 years or 13-17 years. Fill it like you would a box for your child, grandchild. We have some boxes in the entrance to church next to the OCC display. Return the box wrapped or unwrapped. We will wrap it for you. Label it or the sex and age group. Here is the update, the decision is the ship all the boxes after they are collected with a deadline of December 1. This gives up time to ship them to BUMP by their deadline of December 13. To help with shipping we are asking for a $9 donation with each box but do NOT put cash or check in the box. Leave an envelope or drop it at the church office. If you would rather give money for shipping rather than shopping, please make your check to FUMC with a note “BUMP.
Toys for Tots and Santa's Workshop
We are excited to be collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots this Christmas Season. There is a box in the church entrance by the office and we will also have a box on our front porch where toys may be dropped off and still keep social distancing. Our address is 271 Saratoga Drive in the Greenspire Subdivision. Along with toys, books, puzzles, games, coloring books, crayons and markers would also be wonderful to receive. No need to wrap the gifts. Just put in the box that way we know what the items are and can give accordingly based on age and gender. The last day to drop off a toy either at the church or our home is December 17th. Please help us put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning!
Thank you and God Bless, Bill and Sandi Hill