An amazing statistic - every 24 hours more than 30,000 children hear the Gospel at Operation Christmas Child shoebox outreach events.  Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a global charity that distributes small gifts in shoeboxes to children around the world. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. However, it’s the message of the Gospel that is more valuable than the contents of the shoebox.

OCC is administered by Samaritan’s Purse - a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. First Baptist Lawton supports OCC with a bulk packing party and as a central collection site during national collection week.

Our bulk packing party is a fun-time event for children and parents to be held November 11, after the children’s Christmas musical “Straight Outta Bethlehem”. We pack shoebox gifts for boys and for girls in two age groups: ages 5-9 and ages 10-14. Each shoebox contains school items, hygiene items, an article of clothing, and something for fun. We pack a total of 1,100 shoeboxes - 275 for each group. Shoeboxes are also available in the Fellowship Hall for individuals who want to pack their own boxes.

First Baptist Lawton will again be a central collection site for area churches and individuals during national collection week November 12 - 19. We collected over 6,000 shoeboxes from our area last year and expect to collect as many, or more, this year.

We need help during the packing party to re-stock tables. We also need volunteers during national collection week to receive the shoeboxes and greet donors. To volunteer, contact Mary Swafford.

Mary Swafford
OCC Organizer

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