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Operation Christmas Child: For Families

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This month you can be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.

This year we want to send 2,500 shoe boxes full of gifts and the gospel to children in need. When you pack an Operation Christmas Child shoe box with gifts for a child around the world, so much more goes in it and even more can come out of it.


Filling a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child is a great opportunity to teach your children about giving and selflessness.

Consider packing a shoe box for a child like yours (boy or girl, same age range).

Look at the list of suggested gift items and make your shopping list together, with your child suggesting items that they like.

For older children: give your child a budget and let them help with the shopping.

Download and print a "Let's Be Friends" worksheet for your child to color and complete information about themselves to send with the gifts.

Provide your mailing address or email address in hopes of receiving a letter back from the recipient of your box.

Track your box to find out where it goes.

For more ideas, download 7 Ideas for Family Impact and visit the Samaritan's Purse website.

Will you help? Pick up shoe boxes and labels in the Gathering Place on Sunday mornings (or download printable labels). Boxes are due Sunday, October 26.


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There's Something Everyone Can Do

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Watch a recap from this year's LoveLoud (September 20, 2014) may even see yourself or your Sunday School class!

Our son, Kyle, enjoys the book Pete the Cat and the New Guy.  It includes a recurring phrase:  “Don’t be sad, don’t be blue.  There is something everyone can do!” 

Unfortunately, there are some things that Kyle cannot fully participate in as he continues to recover from an anoxic brain injury.  As a family, we strive to embrace opportunities that allow him to “do” all he can individually and that we can “do” together as a family. 

We always look forward to Shandon’s annual LoveLoud event and chose to serve at Meadowfield Elementary School this year.  There is something that we are all called to do: to love God and love one another.  This church-wide day of service is a great way to put this truth into action, and impacts the entire Midlands area in the process.

While many Shandon members were working hard to beautify the school’s courtyard, Kyle was given the task of removing ‘suckers’ from the trees surrounding the parking lot.  This was an activity that he could do both in his wheelchair and standing up.  So, it was with great joy that I served side by side with Kyle, my hands over his, ‘loving with loppers!’

He also helped me gather and transport branches, and we even launched a few giant limbs onto the trailer.  To make the experience even sweeter, I was able to catch glimpses of my husband, Ken, working together with our oldest son, Kendall.  

At the end of the morning I stopped to survey the work.  I imagined how the children would feel when they came to school the following Monday or how the teachers would feel when they looked out the classroom windows. Hopefully, they felt loved.

I felt thankful. 

I was thankful that every member of our family could serve and that we served alongside our Shandon family!

So, “Don’t be sad, don’t be blue.  There is something everyone can do:” Love.   …LOUD!

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