Send a shoebox full of love this Christmas

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Packing a shoebox full of goodies is a convenient way for you to impact children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international humanitarian organization. The gift-filled shoeboxes are sent to local partners around the world who use them as a way to reach children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

After receiving shoeboxes full of gifts, many children are invited to participate in The Greatest Journey discipleship program, and millions of children each year make the decision to follow Christ.

In 2021, Australia and New Zealand sent 210,182 shoeboxes to Cambodia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Madagascar, Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Globally, more than 10.5 million shoe boxes have been collected and sent to over 100 countries and territories.

96five listeners expressed their generosity last year by providing a record number of shoeboxes filled with gifts for Samaritan’s Purse to distribute overseas. At the end of October, more than 1,340 shoe boxes were dropped off at our studios.

96five is proud to partner with Operation Christmas Child and once again act as a drop off location.

You can help children like Gladys

Gladys, nine years old, lives in Benin, West Africa. She smiles as she recounts the day she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox at her local church. Special items inside included a neatly folded blanket placed amid school supplies, a flashlight her father needed, and other valuables. Opening the shoebox gift was like opening a new chapter in life for her and her family.

Gladys recounts the storm in her heart over the year leading up to the day she received her shoebox. She often felt lonely and even isolated, and these emotions surfaced inside her home during battles with her parents and siblings, which created even more distance from the people who loved her.

Gladys struggled to conceive of an all-powerful God who could meet all of her needs, including the peace she longed for in her heart.

These are important truths that Gladys learned the afternoon of the Operation Christmas Child outreach event. She was surprised to receive her very own shoebox, a gesture of love and generosity from around the world that opened her heart to God and his kingdom.

Benin’s proud history as a kingdom is well known to elementary school children in Benin, which is why the idea of ​​the Kingdom of God immediately caught Gladys’ attention during the awareness event.

“They talked about the Kingdom of God,” Gladys recounted. “I understood then that God has a kingdom. He invites me into His Kingdom. And I received it in my heart.

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How to pack a shoebox

  1. SHOE BOX : Order your pre-printed shoe boxes online or use a standard sized shoe box with a lid no longer than an A4 page.
  2. GIFTS: Pick a boy or girl and an age range (2-4, 5-9, or 10-14) and fill your shoebox with goodies.
  3. MAKE A DONATION: A donation of $10 per box is essential to cover shipping and other project costs. For easier processing, you can donate online via operationchristmaschild.org.au, or you can donate by completing the form in the ‘How to Pack’ brochure and attach it to your shoebox. If you use the online option, you can “Track your box” and discover the destination of your gift.
  4. LABEL: Each shoebox gift should be clearly labeled. Visit the Donations & Labels page on operationchristmaschild.org.au to order your labels when you make your $10 donation, or use the label included in the ‘How to Wrap’ brochure. Make sure the tag clearly states if you packed for a boy or a girl and what age category, then stick it on your shoebox!
  5. PRAY: Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your shoebox and for their family and community to be transformed by the gospel.
  6. TO FILE: Bring your gift box to a local drop off point. Visit the OCC website to find one near you, or drop your shoebox off at 96five.

For ideas on what to pack and how you can get involved, Click here.

Drop off your shoe boxes at 96five

96five becomes a place of deposit again. You can drop off your shoeboxes full of gifts at 96five studios at 81 Mina Parade, Alderley, Qld from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October 31, 2022.

Feature image: Gladys and Kemi from Benin (provided by Operation Christmas Child)

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