What is Operation Christmas Child?
Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for us here at Whitehill to bless children in need around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and other fun gifts.
There are several categories of items to be donated so each month we have a different category to bring in to the church. After all the categories have been collected – it is time for a ‘Packing Party’ (held in October of each year) as we pack and pray for each box as it is prepared. The boxes are collected from Whitehill and sent to the OCC processing centre in Australia and then the gift-filled shoeboxes are distributed to children in over 100 countries in the Name of Jesus Christ.
After receiving a shoebox gift from Operation Christmas Child, children have the opportunity to enrol in The Greatest Journey – a dynamic, 12-lesson Bible study course that guides children through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Australia and New Zealand have packed over 270,000 shoeboxes that are sent to children in need all over the world. Globally, Operation Christmas Child has packed over 10.5 million shoeboxes that are shipped to over 100 receiving countries worldwide. This means that through the shoeboxes you packed, millions of children hear about the Good News and Great Joy of Jesus Christ.