Operation Christmas Child

OCC logo 2016Check out these two videos demonstrating how to Pack a Shoebox for a Girl who is 10-14 Years Old and how to Pack a Shoebox for a Boy who is 10-14 Years Old.

Calvary Baptist Church has been involved with Operation Christmas Child for over a decade, being part of sharing the gospel with millions of children around the world. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is one of many components of Samaritan’s Purse, an international ministry led by Franklin Graham.

Preparation for the Giant Community Shoebox Packing Party occurs throughout the year. Donations of new or “like-new” stuffed animals, crayons, pencils, toothbrushes, washcloths, soap, other hygiene items, toys, handmade items, paper and SHOEBOXES are always needed and appreciated. There is a collection box just outside the Emmaus classroom door in which you can place your donations.

The church family has been blessed to serve with this ministry and has been a blessing as it has done so.

National Collection Week for 2017 was November 13-20, 2017. Each year, Calvary serves as a drop off location for churches, community groups and families to drop off their boxes. This gives us an opportunity to share the joy of all the boxes that have been collected and to help get them on their way. Our students do a lot of the work of carrying in the boxes, putting them in cartons, and loading them on the semi.

Giant Community Shoebox Packing Party for 2017 was held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church. Over 5,000 shoebox gifts were packed during the Party!

These pictures are from the 2015 Packing Party.

The Packing Party is truly a community event as Calvary has been blessed to work alongside many churches, community groups, and families. In 2017, people from more than 30 churches and 10 community groups helped pack shoeboxes

In addition, people of all ages from Calvary serve by helping to set up, providing food for guests and workers, and packing boxes like crazy.

Christmas in July is an event to make and prepare items for the annual Packing Party. This year’s Christmas in July was held on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Annual Garage Sale donations help raise money for shipping the boxes and purchasing items that aren’t donated. The 2017 Garage Sale was held on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2017.

OCC Southwest Michigan Team is a seven-county area team of year-round volunteers. The Team currently includes several members of Calvary Baptist Church.
One of the key members, Don Budd, provides weekly updates for Calvary’s Wednesday Night prayer meeting to remind us to pray all year round for the boxes to make a spiritual impact in the lives of children in over 100 countries. (Prayer Request Update dated December 6, 2017)