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Operation Christmas Child 2023

Give Gifts,
Share the Gospel
of Jesus Christ

HBA FAMILIES:

2023 Info: Preschool-12th grades are participating in Operation Christmas Child this year and our goal is 500 shoeboxes! The school is pre-purchasing the red and green shoeboxes to give out to our families who will then pack the shoeboxes together at home. Your (oldest) child will receive the shoeboxes at school to bring home.

About OCC: Operation Christmas Child, run by Samaritan’s Purse, delivers shoeboxes globally offering items like toys, school supplies, and hygiene supplies. They also deliver the good news of Jesus Christ and offer discipleship training to the children and their families. Read more >

Shoebox Distribution Date: Monday, October 2

Shoebox Return Date:​ Monday, October 30

Gender/Age Range: Please choose your shoebox recipient gender and age/range. You won’t be assigned one. Older kids are a great idea to start (ages 10-14).

We are looking for 100% participation. Students who bring in a box will be entered into a prize drawing.  For each box brought in, a student will receive 5 tickets; more boxes will provide an additional 5 tickets per box.

 

Classrooms that have 100% participation will receive an ice cream party.

 

Additional prizes will also be announced.

01

Choose your shoebox recipient Gender and Age Range
(Boy/Girl, Ages: 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14)

02

Start the contents of your box with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump, or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. See more gift do’s and dont’s below.

03

Bring your completed boxes back on Monday, October 30.

Packing Suggestion

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Wow Item (small musical instrument, outfit of clothing, stuffed animal, doll for girl, soccer ball + pump) 

Personal Care Items (hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, bar soap, band-aids, lip balm, blanket, flashlight and batteries, compact mirror, nail clippers, stick deodorant, washable menstrual pads for girls, water bottle, kleenex) 

School Supplies (pencils and pencil sharpener, pens, box of crayons, box of markers, box of colored pencils, loose paper or pad of paper, folder, kid scissors, pink erasers, glue sticks, pencil case, dry watercolors and paintbrush, ruler) 

Clothing & Accessories (shirt & pants, underwear, loose sundress, shoes or flip flops, socks, sunglasses, tote or purse, hair accessories/clip-on earrings/bracelets for girls) 

Crafts, Toys & Games (yoyo, playdough, jacks, putty, jump rope, top, coloring book, legos, ball, doll or princess toys for girls, cars/trucks/planes for boys, puzzles, misc. crafts, mini etch-a-sketch, stickers) 

A Personal Note (a handwritten note or Christmas card from your children)

Please Don't Pack:

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Candy, food or gum

Toothpaste

Liquids, lotions, or aerosol cans

Used or damaged items

Medications or vitamins

War toys or toy guns

Shoebox Packing Steps

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