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Operation Christmas Child 2023

Boxes can be returned at our Troop meeting on November 16th, or to a nearby drop-off center up until November 20th. You can find drop-off locations here: Shoebox Drop Off Locations (

We are excited to announce our participation in the wonderful charity event, Operation Christmas Child! This heartwarming initiative ensures that children in need around the world receive a special gift during the Christmas season.

Event Details:

  • Box and Label Pickup: Boxes for packing can be collected during our next two troop meetings on 10/19 and 11/2. Grab a label at the same time.
  • Box Return: Filled boxes must be returned at our troop meeting on November 16th. This is crucial to ensure that the gifts reach their destination on time.

Packing Tips:

  1. Choose an age range: The boxes can be for a boy or girl in the age categories of 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
  2. Gift Ideas: Include fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement.
  3. Avoid: Used or damaged items, war-related toys (like toy guns, knives), seeds, food, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items, or aerosol cans.
  4. Personal Touch: Consider adding a personal note and a photo, if you’re comfortable. It’s a great way for the child to see who their gift came from!

Why It Matters:

Participating in Operation Christmas Child is not just about giving a gift; it’s about sharing the gospel and sending a message of love and hope to children in need. Every shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism, discipleship, and multiplication, introducing children to a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.

How Can You Help?:

  • Pack a box (or multiple!) and return it by November 16th.
  • Volunteer during the collection or shipping processes.
  • Donate towards the shipping fees. Each box costs $10 to ship. Donations can be made directly on the Operation Christmas Child website or given during our troop meetings.

Let’s come together as a troop and make this year’s Operation Christmas Child a memorable one. Every box packed is a step towards brightening a child’s holiday and making a global difference!

For any questions or more details, please reach out to Stephen Ferrero.