Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week
November 15-22, 2021
While COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted everyday life for millions of people around the world, Samaritan’s Purse continues to share the eternal hope of the Gospel, including with National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse still plans to collect shoebox gifts at over 4,000 locations across the U.S. including at House of the Lord Fellowship church, Lock Haven, PA and with each OCC site offering a curbside drop-off option for 2020.
House of the Lord Fellowship
201 West Main Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745
**We will are using our 2nd Street entrance of our building for easier Curbside-drop-offs instead of our parking lot. Signs will be visible to easily direct people for drop-offs. Our Volunteers will be outside waiting to assist.
OCC Contact Info
Phone # 570-748-6455
Facebook Page @HouseofthelordFellowship
Lock Haven’s OCC Area Coordinator: Sarah Snyder
We are excited to again be involved in our community with Operation Christmas Child project. We invite you to participate and help bring joy to children in need all over the world.
WHAT IS OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD?
Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, collects in the U.S and worldwide shoebox gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys – and delivers them to children in need around the world. For many of these children, the gift filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
WHEN IS 2021 NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK?
Operation Christmas holds a National Collection Week the third week of every November. This year November 15-22, 2021 nearly 4,000 drop-off locations in the U.S.A will be open to receive shoebox gifts is this National Collection Week.
2021 WHAT TO EXPECT AT LOCAL DROP-OFF SITES?
Curbside Drop-Offs and touchless electronic forms. When you arrive at any drop-offs locations, follow the signs for curbside drop-offs. Volunteers will greet you and direct you to an outside area where they will retrieve your shoeboxes or if you chose, to unload your shoeboxes into waiting bins. Volunteers will also present you with an easy touchless way to leave your contact information and the number of shoeboxes that you are dropping off. Or they can fill out an electronic form for you.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD STATISTICS
In 2020, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas Child project of its kind, collected more than 8 million shoebox gifts for children in over 100 countries. Since 1993, more than 188 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love. Operation Christmas Child along with the help of thousands volunteers and Samaritan’s Purse – send all these wonderful shoebox gifts across the world to children in need and affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease; and children living on Native American reservations and natural disaster impacted areas.
LOCAL DROP-OFF INFO – at HOTLF Church OCC Site
The House of the Lord Fellowship church in Lock Haven is an official OCC drop-off site for shoebox gifts and has partnered Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse for more than 15 years. OCC supplies and more information are available upon request.
In 2020 = HOTLF’s Drop-off Site collected 2,580 shoeboxes (our region over 10,000). Our region includes State College, PA area. Last 5 years of shoebox collection totals for us locally:
2019 = 3,365 shoeboxes (region 15,049).
2018 = 1,982 (region over 12,000)
2017 = 2,122 (13,471)
2016 = 2,347 (16,212)
2015 = 1,645 (14,872).
HOW CAN PEOPLE DONATE A SHOEBOX GIFT?
Every shoebox gift is designed to be unique.
1) Find a Shoebox – You can do this by starting with any average-sized cardboard shoebox or plastic shoebox. Can giftwrap or even decorate your shoebox, just please remember not to giftwrap the lid closed. Rubber bands are fine.
2) Boy or Girl – Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and an age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
3) Fill Box with items – Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other new items like fun toys, hygiene items, school supplies. Due to certain shipping restrictions, please no toothpaste or candy.
4) Pray – Most importantly, please pray for the child who will receive your gift.
You can also include a personal note and photo as some contact info.
5) Follow Your Box Labels – To help defer shipping costs, you can donate $9 by placing cash or check in top of your shoebox. Or donate $9 online and receive a printable label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift. Just print and attach this tracking label to the outside lid of your shoebox. The same tracking barcode label can be used for multiple shoebox gifts (try not to place tape over tracking barcode). We also have pre-printed barcodes you can activate and attached with our purchased cardboard and plastic OCC shoeboxes (on the website and stores like at Hobby Lobby).
Online Shoebox – If unable to donate a shoebox in-person, you can also use online option of Build a Box Online.
To learn more about how to pack a shoebox gift, gift suggestions, and updates, and to Follow Your Box label, visit website samaritanspurse.org/occ and APP samaritanspurse.org/occ-mobile-app.