Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13: 5b-6

Operation Christmas Child


Good News and Great Joy
A small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.









Planning Your Shoebox
There are many things that you can put in your shoebox gift. These items can be entertaining, useful, practical, & educational. A few things you may consider are; balls, yo yo’s, small stuffed animals, dolls or slinkys, hard candy, clothing items, combs or brushes, school or art supplies, colored pencils & crayons, coloring books, & blank notebooks. This is only a sampling of things you may include. Your gift will only be limited by your imagination.

There are some items which should not be included-such items include; toys with a war theme, or toys which are based on weapons, liquids or lotions which may spill and make a mess, candy which may melt, and items which would be too fragile. Please look up www.samaritanspurse.orgfor complete suggestions on packing your shoebox gift.

You may also wish to write a short note or sign a Christmas card, and even send a picture of your child if it is from them.

Collection Time
These gifts have to be collected and taken to local collection centers the week before Thanksgiving, November 17-24th, so they can be moved to regional collection centers, where they are gone through and prepared for shipping. We would like people to deliver their shoebox gifts to Living Waters Presbyterian Church a week or two before collection week, and we will pray over the gifts and dedicate them before we take them to a collection center.