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By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA – The amazing journey of a shoebox begins with Floydada residents. There still time to pack a shoebox as the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ official collection week is Nov. 16-22.
First Baptist Church has been the collection site for Operation Christmas Child for 12-15 years. According to the Samaritan’s Purse website, more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox over the last 27 years.
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.
First Baptist Church Floydada has shoeboxes that can be picked up to be filled or residents can use their own. When wrapping, allow the box to open as additional items will be added for the children. Shoeboxes are also available to purchase at Hobby Lobby.
Ludustia Prisk reported that as of Friday, Oct. 30, they have collected a total of 163 shoeboxes. These were shoeboxes that the GAs and the youth packed. “Last year we collected 969 boxes from Floydada and surrounding counties,” added Prisk.
“Once the collection of boxes is finished at FBC and packed into large cartons, we will deliver the cartons to the Central Drop-off location at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock,” Prisk said. “There the cartons are loaded straight onto the trailer and taken to the processing center in Dallas.”
For further information, call Ludustia at 806-983-3755 or email [email protected].
The drop-off times available are Monday through Thursday, Nov. 16 – Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m.-noon. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 – Nov. 21 by calling the FBC office to set up an appointment. On Sunday, Nov. 22, drop off during regular church activities, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX SUGGESTIONS:
- A Wow Item– clothes, shoes, musical instrument, soccer ball with pump, stuffed animal, doll, backpack.
- Toys-cars, jump ropes, yo-yo’s, playdough, stickers, foam ball, football, slinky, Etch A Sketch.
- Clothing and Accessories-socks, hats, scarfs, mittens, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights with extra batteries, blankets, socks, pants, shirts, loose fitting sundress, flip-flops.
- Personal care items -toothbrushes, bar soap, wash cloths, hairbrush, comb, colorful adhesives, reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils.
- School Supplies– pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons and markers, notebooks and paper, color and picture books, solar calculators, watercolors, glue.
- Crafts-hair bows, finger puppets, friendship bracelets, purse, sunglasses.
- Residents are encouraged to enclose a note to the child and a photo of the family or group and an address so the child may be able to write back.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Candy, toothpaste, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powered or liquid), liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes, glass containers, aerosol cans.
- Every shoebox needs a $9 donation to provide for collecting, processing, shipping, and other project costs. This donation can be made online, and residents can follow their box and receive a special label. Attach the label to the shoebox, and use Operation Christmas Child’s Look-up Tool to find out the country where the box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love.