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, toothpaste, washcloths, soap, other hygiene items, toys, hard candy, 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 2016 was November 14-21, 2016. 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 Student Ministers 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 is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church. The goal is to pack 10,000 shoebox gifts.
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 2016, people from 16 churches and 13 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.