Operation Christmas Child

 Wednesday, November 3, 2010



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Each November, my kids love filling shoe boxes with small presents for less fortunate children.  It's a great way to remind them how much they have to be thankful for.  Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful program that takes millions of donated shoe box gifts and distributes them to needy children across the globe.  


November 15-22 is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child.  This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect over 8 million personalized gift-filled shoe boxes as a way to bring joy to suffering children. After gifts are collected, they will be packed, shipped, and hand-delivered to children in some 100 countries affected by natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at 
www.samaritanspurse.org.


How to Pack a Shoe Box Gift:
  • Find an empty shoe box. (You may wrap it—lid separately—but wrapping is not required).
  • Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and choose an age range: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.  Labels are available here.
  • Fill your shoe box with a variety of gifts: school supplies, toys, hygiene items, clothes, hard candy, a personal note to the child, and a family photo.  We include all of our Halloween candy (excluding chocolate), in double Ziplock bags.
  • Items not to include: used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers, aerosol cans.
  • Enclose $7 or more to help cover shipping and other project costs (Checks can be made payable to Samaritan's Purse - note "OCC" on the memo line).
Drop-off Locations in Austin and Beyond:

Baptist Student Ministry Building
University of Texas Campus
(512) 474-1429 – Office
Marcy Martinez@ Office
2204 San Antonio St.
Austin, TX 78705

Great Hills Baptist Church
(512) 343–7763 - Church Office
Rick McKay @ church
10500 Jollyville Rd.
Austin, TX 78759

St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal
(512) 266-2455 - Church Office
Rachelle Honohan, (512) 243-7657
5600 RR 620 N.
Austin, TX 78732

Teri Road Baptist Church
(512) 444-6009 - Church Office
Betty Salinas- (512) 299-1813 (cell)
1844 Teri Road
Austin, TX 78744

Kinney Avenue Christian Fellowship
(512) 444-0082 – Church Office
Sharon Sommers – (512) 695-9455
1801 Kinney Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704



First Baptist – Pflugerville
(512) 251-3052 @ Church Office
LaJuana Garner – (512) 626-4891
801 W. Pecan St. (@ corner of 10th St.)
Pflugerville, TX 78660

Monday & Tuesday, November, 15- 16: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, November 17: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 18: 1 – 7 p.m.
Friday, November 19: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 20: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 21: 1 - 5 p.m.
Monday, November 22: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 


Calvary Baptist Church - Bastrop
(512) 303-1697@ Church Office
Christi Leisure (512) 844-1581 (Cell)
3001 Loop 150 East
Bastrop, TX 78602

Crestview Baptist – Georgetown
(512) 863-6576 - Church Office
2300 Williams Dr.
Lige Anne Wilson – (512) 930-0091
Georgetown, TX 78628



High Point Fellowship - Cedar Park
(512) 260-5449 - Church Office
Nancy Green, (512) 745-2300 cell
600 W. New Hope Rd.
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Dripping Springs United Methodist
(512) 894-7123 @ Church Office
Angela Palmer, (512) 858-5332
28900 R.R. #12
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Fellowship Baptist – Liberty Hill
(512) 515-5579 @ Church Office
Cristina Wright, (512) 658-8292 cell
3600 RR 1869
Liberty Hill, TX 78642

First Baptist Church - Lockhart
(512) 376-9877 @ Church Office
Sue Bussa, (512) 398-3996
315 W. Prairie Lea Street
Lockhart, TX 78644

First Baptist - Marble Falls
(830) 693-4381 @ Church Office
Karrie Byrd - (830) 613-9655
501 12th Street
Marble Falls, TX 78654

First Baptist Rockdale
(512) 446-5375 @ Church Office
Barbara Clark, (512) 307-0035
240 Green St.
Rockdale, TX 76567

First Baptist – Taylor
(512) 352-3144 @ Church Office
Kathleen Laurence – (512) 365-2271
701 Davis St.
Taylor, TX 76574

Hays Hills Baptist - Buda
(512) 295-3132 - Church Office
Carolyn Luter (512) 295-8285
1401 North FM 1626
Buda, TX 78610

St. Peter’s Lutheran - Elgin
(512) 285-4844 @ Church Office
Mark Neidig, (512) 587-3610
401 E. 8th Street
Elgin, TX 78621

First Baptist Church Elgin
(512) 285-4161 Church Office
Kelly Franz (512) 281-6627 (cell)
205 W. 2nd Street
Elgin, Texas 78621

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