By Meagan Ford, Contributing Writer
This week marks the beginning of FCA’s participation in this year’s Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child partners with churches around the world to gather gifts for children in developing countries whose parents can’t afford Christmas gifts.
FCA would like to invite all who are interested to participate alongside them in their effort to fill as many shoeboxes with toys and other gifts for children in need. This is a great way to give to communities that are less fortunate than ours here in the United States. The holidays are a time for giving, so if you are interested in helping out here is a few information on how to get involved.
Step One: Find a shoe box. This can be a traditional cardboard box or a shoe box-sized plastic container. Mark whether this box with go to a boy or a girl.
Step Two: Include a central gift. This is also called the ‘wow’ gift! This can be anything from a doll, a stuffed animal, or anything else you think a child would enjoy.
Step Three: Fill the rest of the box up with small gifts. Some gift ideas include schools supplies; non-liquid hygiene items; a personal note; or anything along these lines. It’s important to note that things that aren’t allowed to be packaged and sent include used or damaged items; war-related items like toy guns, knives, or military figure; any type of food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items like snow globes or glass containers; and aerosol cans. Other than that, get creative!
Step Four: It’s important to pray over your box and the child who will be receiving this gift. The purpose of Operation Christmas Child is not only to provide children with a small Christmas surprise, but instead, with the ultimate Christmas gift- the Gospel. The Operation Christmas Child staff that will pass out these boxes will also speak with the children about the story of Christ. This is a great opportunity to spread the Word and a little bit of Christmas cheer!
Step Five: Include a $7 donation. This donation will go towards the shipping costs of getting the packages over to the children in need.
Step Six: On November 17, come by the FCA to drop off your boxes or any gift/monetary donations. We will be meeting in the Boyle Room located in the ASRC at 8pm.
Little things like this can make a world of difference in the eyes of young children. Make someone’s holiday special and help us fill as many boxes as possible! Also, don’t forget to join us every Tuesday at 8pm in the Boyle Room for our weekly FCA meeting.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Myron Jellison.
The Truth is a weekly posting about FCA’s weekly meetings. It’s purpose is to bring FCA to a larger audience and inspire everyone to grow closer to God. It includes a bit about each week’s lesson, a description on the meeting’s atmosphere and excitements, and a motivational message that speaks to each individual differently.