Operation Christmas Child

It’s fall and that means it’s time to get those Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes ready for shipping!! Here are some ways you can help to send God’s love along with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of children around the world:
1. Put shoeboxes together for the packing party. This is something you can do at home.
2. Help to setup for the church packing party on Thurs., Nov. 9, beginning around 9:00 a.m., in the Children’s Open Area in      the Education Building.
3. Attend the spaghetti dinner and packing party on Sat., Nov.11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We should      be done by 8-8:30 p.m.
4. Volunteer to help out in the OCC Drop-Off Center, Nov. 13-20, Mon. to Mon. (This is packing shoeboxes into shipping          cartons. No heavy lifting is required.)
5. Donate $9.00 per box for shipping. Checks made payable to Harmony with memo line marked “OCC” or cash in an         envelope that is marked “OCC.” As always, all monetary gifts are tax deductible if you have your name on the envelope.
Most of these activities require little time and little, if no, preparation. You just have to show up!! Come and join us, and you’ll find your own life has been blessed! Please talk to or call Karen Shipman for further details on all of the above items. Phone 417-429-6969. There will also be an information table in the Welcome Center from Oct. 22 thru Nov. 5.

Please keep in mind all items must fit in a standard-sized shoe box; no liquids or gels that could spill or chocolate or hard candy; no war-themed toys.

January:          Wash cloths and Soap (bars only-Ivory preferred)

February:        Toothbrushes, lip balm, dental floss, small pkg. of tissues

March:            Bandanas, baseball caps, stocking hats, gloves
April:             Small toys:  cars, yo-yos, kazoos, jump ropes, dolls, Hot Wheels, jewelry, small stuffed animals,       ………………….puzzles, mini play dough etc.

 May:            Craft items, coloring books, picture books, picture cards, Uno, Old Maid, etc.

 June:              Brushes or combs, hair clips and ties, head bands, bobby pins, rubber band bracelets

 July:            Socks, sunglasses, small flashlights and extra batteries

 August:           School supplies:  crayons, pencils, pens, small notebooks, markers, pencil sharpeners,       …………………..scissors, water colors, stickers, rulers, solar calculators etc.

 September:     Donations to ship shoe boxes  ($9.00 per box recommended)

 October:       Girls underwear, small sewing and tool kits, fishing items (lures, fishing lines, hooks, sinkers), rain …………………..ponchos, extras

 November:      Packing party month


NOTE:         The items in bold print are the things we try to make sure each child receives in their box


Donations toward shipping may be made each month.  Mark on your check or envelope “OCC Shipping.”  Suggested donation is $9.00 per box. 

Boxes are designated by gender and by age before sent. The age brackets are 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, 10-14 years old.