North Addison Baptist Church, Spokane, WA
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
~ A Place Where Your Faith Can Grow!

Operation Christmas Child

2016 was an exciting year in the life of NABC and our expanding partnership with Operation Christmas Child.  We concluded a successful week of collecting shoebox gifts from our area--a total of 295. Those were added to the grand total for the Inland Northwest, over 15,000 shoeboxes! We will continue to pray that these boxes will touch young lives and their families around the world.
 
In 2017, we collected a total of 444 shoebox gifts from northeastern Spokane. Throughout Eastern Washington, 14,768 boxes were collected and shipped to a central receiving point. From there, those shoebox gifts will travel around the world and into the hands of eager children. 
 
In 2018, we gathered for a packing party (Nov 4), where we put our gifts into shoeboxes, wrote letters to the boys and girls who'd get our gifts, and took photos of ourselves so the recipients could see who we were. Our church packed 64 boxes. The youngest packer was in preschool, and the oldest was 96. How amazing that such simple gifts can have such an impact--on us and on the recipients! As a Drop-off location, our church later received 631 shoeboxes from north Spokane, which we shipped away to a processing center. Of course this was a small part of the 15,208 boxes which the Denver processing center received from Eastern Washington!
 
Each month in 2019, we're asking members to add something to our OCC collection bin, to prepare us for the packing party in November. Here's our tentative schedule for collections:

January—toys

February—toothbrushes, floss, non-liquid lip balm, adhesive bandages without ointment

March—coloring books, small note pads

April—gifts for older kids, like flashlights, travel sewing kits, small tools, tape measure, playing cards

May—gifts for younger kids, like cars, trucks, boats, finger puppets  slinky toys, bean bags

June—summer gear, like flip flops, sunglasses, small water bottles, inflatable beach balls

July—school supplies, like pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, scissors, watercolor paint and brush, stickers, pencil sharpeners, erasers (no crayons)

August—sports gear, like jump ropes, small balls soccer ball or football (deflated with pump), small

Frisbee disks

September—musical instruments, like harmonicas, whistles, shakers, drumsticks, recorders; money for shipping

October—socks, hats, scarves, and money for postage

 

        
 
Fast facts:
 
What is Operation Christmas Child?
A ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that shares the love of Jesus through a shoebox full of Christmas gifts.
 
How does NABC participate?
Each year the children (and families) pack up shoeboxes full of fun gifts that are delivered to children all over the world. Suggested items to pack can be found here.  The NABC packing party will be November 3rd. In addition, our church serves as a relay center in Spokane, which means individuals and groups bring their shoeboxes to us for shipping. That happens every year during the week before Thanksgiving (Nov 11-18).
 
What does Samaritan’s purse do?
They partner with churches and missionaries in worldwide to share the love of Jesus. They use the boxes as outreach opportunities in their communities, and many new small groups/Bible studies and congregations are started this way. Follow up plans are specific and very thorough.
 
Who delivers the boxes?
While gathered and distributed throughout the world by OCC, the boxes are handed out by churches/missionaries local to each place.
 
Who receives a shoebox?
Boxes are provided to children ages 2 through 14. Most kids have opportunity to receive only one OCC box in their lifetime. OCC goes to an area once every seven years.
 
What happens after they receive a box?
Every child receiving a box goes through a discipleship program, which teaches about the love of God and Jesus' sacrifice.