“What goes into the box is FUN, what comes out is ETERNAL”. These are the words on the advertising posters for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal this year. What a simple but thought provoking fact that is. The shoeboxes are filled with “FUN” things like games and toys, pencils and all the other things that will bring fun and happiness to all the children receiving them. Where allowed, the children will have a book given to them with their box entitled “The Greatest Gift” which of course tells the Christmas story. This story – so well known to us – is completely new to many of them and they are amazed to hear of God’s love for them. Following this the children are given the opportunity to enrol on the Greatest Journey bible course and that’s where the “ETERNAL” part starts for so many of them. Every year hundreds of children around the world, as a result of the teaching on this course, enter into a relationship with the Lord and start on a new life of eternal hope and joy when they accept Him as their Saviour. I’m not ashamed to say that’s why I get so passionate about this cause.
October is the month we will be collecting sweets for the boxes we send. Remember no chocolate or sweets containing chocolate can be included and if there is a “sell by date” it must be at least March 2018.
Thank you for all the empty shoeboxes that are coming in – keep them coming we need plenty more and soon we will arrange a date for wrapping them! As you’ve already heard the cost of transporting the boxes has been raised to £5 so we have to raise money to cover this. Some lovely folk have already given me money to help towards this which is great, and if you are someone who wants to be involved but can’t get out to purchase items for the boxes l would be happy to receive any gifts of cash if this is something you would like to do. We are arranging a Coffee morning on Nov 4th to also raise money for this and more details of this will be given soon!
Again thank you for all your kindness, God Bless, Love Pam Dunn x