Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Samaritan's Purse

Have any of you heard of OCC, Operation Christmas Child? My family and I have participated in OCC since I was a little girl. When I was in the GA's at church a long time ago, we started filling these boxes for children all over the world who are living in awful living conditions and diseased parts of the world. Here's a brief description of what Samaritan's Purse is all about.

The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God's desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, "Go and do likewise."

For over 40 years, Samaritan's Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ's command by going to the aid of the world's poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.Our emergency relief programs provide desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. As we offer food, water, and temporary shelter, we meet critical needs and give people a chance to rebuild their lives. Our community development and vocational programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow.We impact the lives of vulnerable children through educational, feeding, clothing, and shelter programs that let them know they are not forgotten.We provide first-class treatment in the Name of the Great Physician through our medical projects, as well as supplying mission hospitals with much needed equipment and supplies.

*Samaritan's Purse does many other things than the Christmas shoeboxes, things such as rebuilding churches, Haiti relief, etc. Visit their website HERE for more info!!

FUN FACTS about Operation Christmas Child:
*8 MILLION children recieved shoe boxes last year.
*Over 130 countries have recieved shoe boxes since 1993.

Here's the shoebox I am almost finished with for this year :) I am doing this box for a little girl, can't you tell with the "My Little Pony" book? :)
I still have room to pack more!!!

Don't worry, the entire pack of lollipops isn't going in there. Samaritans purse says you have to have all individually wrapped candy in a clear bag, like a ziploc, so its easy for them to check it. I am also including a toothbrish and toothpaste, some socks, and a few other necessitites. Any other ideas? Have any of you packed a shoe box? What did you include in yours?
Have a great week!


  1. I always love doing Operation Christmas Child boxes! I put hairbows in them for little girls.. and everything you've already packed! :)

  2. Aww I love your box! I should post photos of mine! I love doing them! I do 1 in honor of each of my younger siblings and so for each of their ages which range from 5-15 and so I always have a mix of stuff to get! It is amazing! Bless you for this lovely box!

  3. loveee operation christmas child! i'm actually going shopping this week to fill mine! we watched this video in church last week...how amazing is this.. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/video/?bctid=50796011001

  4. I had never heard of this before the other day when a friend of mine was packing her boxes...10 for boys and 10 for girls. I was amazed at the amount of things she could fit including a washcloth, soap, toy cars, a necklace, pencils, toothbrush/toothpaste, fuzzy socks, silly bandz, puzzles, old maid and go fish cards...she meant business!

  5. I will be doing mine this week to take to church this Sunday! We have been doing this for years now and I enjoy it more and more each year. Such a rewarding thing to do! I love to imagine the little faces as they open their boxes and the joy that flows through their expression!

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