Our agency is partnering with Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse again this year to help provide gift-filled shoeboxes and to share God’s love to needy children in poverty stricken countries around the world this Christmas. Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach 10 million children this year through the OCC project.
How does our agency help? We will fill as many shoe boxes as we can with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. We will be collecting items for the boxes October 9th-November 10th in our office. We will have a collection box out front for our RSS team and customers to drop off items. Then on Tuesday, November 14th our office will close early so our team can fill the shoeboxes we will donate. We will then deliver our boxes to their Denver Distribution Center that same week-“National Collection Week.”
We are excited to see how many boxes we can fill! We will post updates about how many boxes we are able to donate through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and in our November newsletter. We are also very excited to announce that the RSS team will be volunteering in the OCC Denver Processing Center in December again this year! We’ll make sure to also update you on our experience there as well. In the meantime, CLICK HERE for more information about Operation Christmas Child.
Here is a list of suggested items we will be collecting for donation. Please keep in mind that these items must fit in a shoebox. Also, please note the items that OCC will not send in the boxes.
- TOYS: Small dolls, stuffed animals, toy cars, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yo’s, jump ropes, balls, slinkies, play dough, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
- SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, small notebooks, paper, solar calculators, small coloring and picture books, stickers, etc.
- NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, brushes, washcloths, reusable plastic containers, small blanket, etc.
- ACCESSORIES: T-shirts, socks, hats sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flip-flops, tote-bags, purses, friendship bracelets, flashlights (with extra batteries) etc.
DO NOT DONATE: Candy; toothpaste; 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.
Last year with the help our amazing RSS team and our awesome customers we were able to collect enough items to fill 117 shoeboxes to donate to Samaritan’s Purse. We hope to beat that number this year! Thank you for your help and support with this worthy and important project!