2021 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoebox donations is in full swing.  Have you gotten your shoeboxes and have you packed those boxes?  Join millions of others throughout the country in packing, praying, and donating shoeboxes to children around the world in some of the hardest environments thinkable.

 

Round Hill Baptist Church has set a goal of donating 400 Shoeboxes to OCC in 2021.  That can only happen with God’s and Your help! 

 

Please, bring your OCC shoebox donation to church before 14 NOV 2021, so your box counts towards our goal.

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Sharing Love of Jesus to 400

Children in 2021

Help us put a smile on millions of children’s faces by participating in Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and other personal items to children around the world as a tangible expression of God’s love through the hands of local partners to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, God’s Greatest Gift! Drop by the RHBC OCC table in the foyer of the fellowship hall and get a shoebox, then pack that box, pray over the box, and deliver the box back to the church by Sunday, 14 NOV 2021. Your shoebox may contain the only “new” item a child may ever receive, and a positive, encouraging message from someone who cares.  Not many of these children believe that anyone would care for them.  Make that different in 2021! Plus, you are giving that child an opportunity to learn about Jesus! 

Operation Christmas Child

Why is your packed shoebox so important? 

Updates to OCC activities and events will be posted to this site and will be noted in our RHBC newsletter.  Our shoeboxes are to be turned in no later than NOV. 14 2021.  Take a moment and watch the short video below to remind yourself of how important your decision to get a box, build a box, pray over the box, and return the box is to a child who needs reassurance that God loves them!

The following links are just a few of the personal testimonies of those who received an OCC shoebox and the impact it had upon their life and their family’s life.  

  

 

I am excited to share with you a personalized video for the Fredericksburg area from one of OCCs Full-Circle Speakers, Dania (link below). Dania received a shoebox when she was 5 years old while living in the Middle East with her family and the impact of that special gift in her life has never been forgotten. This video is a wonderful way for our church to have a direct view of how much the shoeboxes we are packing mean to the children receiving them; a way to see “the other side of the shoebox.”

~Abigail Cook~

          

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Do not forget to add a hand written note to the child that will receive your box.  You may want to add a personal touch by adding a picture of yourself or your pet.  This will help the child make a connection to who cared enough to demonstrate Jesus’ love by sending him/her tangible items, such as a new shirt, new socks, sunglasses, a small plastic water bottle, toothbrush, soap, washcloth, comb, coloring book, and school supplies.  Remember to pack a WOW! Item, such as a soft stuffed animal, ball, etc.  It is hard to imagine that these maybe the only “new” items a child will receive...something that is theirs alone! 

 

 

A donation of $9.00 per box you pack is suggested to cover the following costs:

 

  • Transportation of shoeboxes to the children in far-away places

  • The child’s The Greatest Gift booklet in their own language

  • Helps the local partner to provide The Greatest Journey training sessions

  • Cover cost of The Greatest Journey Graduate’s New Testament and Certificate

 

If you so desire to donate $9.00 per box, you can make that donation in one of the following ways:

 

1) Pay on-line at Samaritan’s Purse web site using the label number on your box’s boy/girl label which will allow you to track where that box is sent; just let Jim and Cathy know you did so for their records. Or,

 

2) Pay with cash and leave the funds in the shoebox, or pick one box if you are packing multiple boxes to leave the total donation.  Also let Jim and Cathy know your donation is in the box.

 

3) Write a check to Round Hill Baptist Church for the donation amount, and note in the memo line “OCC, Line #1450”.  Jim and Cathy request you give them the check, so they can record whether a box has this special donation.  They will deliver the check to the counters. Then RHBC will write one check to Samaritan’s Purse to cover the total transportation donations of all shoeboxes donated in 2021.  This way your personal check is not taking months to clear.

 

The main thing is packing, praying over, and donating a shoebox.  If you are unable to handle the transportation donation this year, still participate in sharing Jesus with a child by packing and donating a shoebox gift.

 

And, thank you for helping to spread the good news of Jesus to the Ends of the Earth!

As you saw in the video on packing a shoebox, there are items that cannot be packed. Please, look over the list below of items YOU CANNOT PACK in an OCC Shoe Box, to ensure your box  

does not cause the shipment of thousands of shoe boxes to be held up in customs as they enter the designated foreign country.  

 

 

WHAT YOU CANNOT PACK IN AN OCC SHOE BOX

 

Due to customer requirements to enter countries, please, do not pack these items in your box:

 

  • Candy of any type

  • Toothpaste

  • Gum of any kind

  • Used or damaged items

  • War-related items, such as a tool pistol; knife; even little green army men are a no no

  • Seeds

  • Food items of any type

  • Liquids or lotions

  • Medications or vitamins

  • Breakable items or glass containers

  • Aerosol can items​

Not able to get to the store to gather the items to pack a box; then pack a box online and still help RHBC reach it goal!  Special note:  Boxes built online are available to Samaritan’s Purse to be specially packed, so they can pass through customs easier in hard-to-reach nations around the world.

Just go to this link and start building something very special for a young child.  Remember to note you are building a box in support of Round Hill Baptist Church of King George, VA.  Your box build online will have options to pick a Wow item, a toy/ gift, accessories, and essentials.  The essential items cover personal care items and school supplies.  They vary slightly depending on the age and gender for which you are packing.  These items include chalk (age 2-4), crayons, colored pencils, a coloring book or coloring pad, notebook, pencils, pencil sharpener, pens (age 5-9 and 10-14), a comb or brush, and a toothbrush.

                     

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Have questions? Or need a little extra information, just reach out and connect with RHBC OCC Project Leaders:  Jim Graham at jgrahaminc@aol.com or 540-287-2929, or

Cathy Graham at scgraham1@mac.com  or 540-287-2929.