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.
OCC Location and Hours – November 15-22, 2021
Lock Haven – House of the Lord Fellowship Church
House of the Lord Fellowship
201 West Main Street, Lock Haven, PA 17745
**We will be 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 in masks and gloves will be outside waiting to assist.
Lock Haven’s OCC Area Coordinator: Sarah Snyder
office # 570-748-6455
Facebook Page @HouseofthelordFellowship
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 2020 NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK?
Operation Christmas holds a National Collection Week the third week of every November. This year November 16-23, 2020 nearly 4,000 drop-off locations in the U.S.A will be open to receive shoebox gifts is this National Collection Week.
2020 WHAT TO EXPECT AT LOCAL DROP-OFF SITES?
CURB-SIDE Drop-Offs and touchless electronic forms
You can drop-off your shoeboxes during National Collection Week to any local OCC Drop-off Site near you, including at HOTLFchurch. When you arrive at any drop-offs locations, follow the signs for curbside drop-offs.
Volunteers wearing masks and gloves 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 a 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. We are excited to see you!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD STATISTICS
In 2019, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas Child project of its kind, collected 10.5 million shoebox gifts for children in over 100 countries. Since 1993, over 178 million shoebox gifts have been collected mostly in the U.S. and also a few countries and then delivered to children in over 160 countries and territories. 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 of HOTLF Church
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 2019 = HOTLFchurch Drop-off Site collected 3,365 (region 15,049) shoeboxes.
Our region includes State College, PA area. The past 5 years shoebox collection totals for us:
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?
1) Find a Shoebox – You can do this by starting with any average-sized cardboard shoebox or plastic shoebox. You 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 shipping restrictions please no toothpaste or candy. Need some gift idea suggestions?
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, use the website samaritanspurse.org/occ and APP samaritanspurse.org/occ-mobile-app.