Our Operation Christmas Child (OCC) packing party has always been a fast-paced, fun-time event for children and parents. The packing party will be different this year but will still be fast-paced and feature food and fun. The packing party is planned for Sunday, November 8, following the morning worship service. A meal will be served in the gym at the Family Life Center and then packing begins in Fellowship Hall! We will practice social distancing during the meal and during packing.

Prayer is the most important item to pack in each shoebox. In addition to prayer, each shoebox contains school items, hygiene items, an article of clothing, and something for fun. We pack four types of shoeboxes: Boys 5-9; Girls 5-9; Boys 10-14; and Girls 10-14. We have inventories on-hand to pack 250 shoeboxes for each type of shoebox – that’s a total of 1,000 shoeboxes!

Your help is needed during the packing party in various ways. We need volunteers to re-stock the assembly tables; other volunteers are needed to rubber-band the filled shoeboxes before they are packed in shipping cartons; and we need volunteers to pack the filled shoeboxes into shipping cartons.

OCC is a global charity and one of the ministries of 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. OCC 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.

First Baptist Lawton has supported OCC since our first packing party in 2008. In addition to our packing party, FBC Lawton is a central collection site for other churches and individual donors during National Collection Week of November 16-23.

We need your help the week of November 16-23 as greeters (greeters welcome and pray with shoebox donors) and as intake persons (intake persons collect, count, and pack the shoeboxes in shipping cartons). And finally, we need able-bodied people to load shipping cartons into a trailer. The cartons weigh about 70 pounds. Last year we needed a second trailer because we had collected 6,202 shoeboxes from our area – that was more than just one trailer could hold.

Shoeboxes are available for individuals who want to pack their own boxes. To volunteer for the packing party or National Collection Week text or call Mary Swafford at 281-851-9389.

Mary Swafford
OCC Organizer

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