Each year, one of the most important parts of VBS is to share the blessings God has given us in supporting a ministry that reaches out to children in need. We participate in ‘Operation Christmas Child,’ sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. If your child has participated in VBS at Redeemer, then you’re probably familiar with this. Over 11 million shoe box gifts are given to children in 95 countries around the world each year through this wonderful ministry. Included with the toys and other items, is a Gospel booklet in the child’s own language telling the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift.
If you would like to build a gift box online: click here
Below are some suggestions of possible items that can be brought to VBS, as well as items that cannot be included in the boxes. Your child can bring as many items as you’d like; remember items must be new and be able to fit into an 8×12 inch shoebox. At Thursday’s closing program, we bring the shoe box gifts up on the platform for a special blessing.
Each shoebox cost $9.00 to ship – if you would like to make a donation towards shipping, please indicate on your check or envelope OCC shipping cost and drop it off in the office or the offering plate.
toothbrushes/toothpaste/plastic brush holder
quality pens/pencils, sharpeners,
crayons/markers, coloring books, small pads of paper
bars of soap and plastic soap holder
small flashlight with batteries
balls – mini soccer or other small type
toy cars, trucks or airplanes – with bigger wheels (Matchbox don’t work as well in dirt)
combs, hair clips, ponytail holders
t-shirts (new, no writing; youth small or medium)
The following items cannot be included in the boxes:
Used items (items must be new in order to ensure that they are clean and germ-free)
Chocolate or perishable items
Toy guns, knives, or other war-related items
Breakable items (such as mirrors or china dolls)
Medicines of any kind (such as vitamins or cough drops)
Liquids of any kind (such as shampoo, lotion, or bubbles)
We will be packing the boxes this fall & blessing them in a worship service on a Sunday in November. Then, they’ll be dropped off at a nearby location to be boxed with millions of other shoebox gifts and delivered to children around the world in time for Christmas!