Did you know that Huntsville played a crucial role in the beginning of the Operation Christmas Child Ministry? When the ministry began to grow, they needed a place that could handle the cargo. The closest place was HERE. The first processing center was located at the PanAlpina hangar at the airport complex.
As a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child has delivered over 100 million shoeboxes to children around the world over the past 20+ years. The goal for FBC this year is 1,500 shoeboxes. These shoeboxes will ensure that each child who receives a gift will hear that Jesus loves them.
You can be involved in many different ways:
Collect items at your home. Pack your boxes with your family and bring them to FBC so that they can be prayed over in our service. Making a shoebox as a family is a great way to teach children about giving.
Contribute items to the bins located around the church.
If you are unable to shop or to make a shoebox of your own, you can contribute financially by writing a check to FBC and placing OCC on the memo line. We’ll be happy to go buy items needed for the packing party.
Come to the church-wide packing party on November 12 in the Gathering Place! We’ll need lots of people to help us pack shoeboxes. Let’s shatter our goal. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Bring family photos with you. You’ll be able to tape them in the boxes for the child to see. The children love to know who sent them the wonderful gifts.
Volunteer to help during Collection Week (November 12-19), during preparation for the packing party or during the packing party.
The most important thing about the shoebox is what happens AFTER the child receives the gift. The child is invited to learn more about Jesus through Bible classes using The Greatest Journey. By building a shoebox, we know that one more child will hear that Jesus loves them. Families and even communities have been changed by receiving these shoeboxes. Let’s work together to help more of this happen through the simple gift of a shoebox!