Since 1993, 167 million children have received a shoebox. This year we are giving our children and youth an opportunity to help needy children in different parts of the world at Christmas time through the organization Operation Christmas Child. Last year over 10.6 million children received a shoebox.  All children 4 years old through 12th grade are encouraged to participate. We are asking each child and youth to decorate a plastic shoebox and fill it for a child who would not normally receive anything at Christmas time.  Our contact with the organization has suggested that we use plastic shoeboxes.  This is a plastic container the size of a regular shoebox and can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Dollar Stores and Hobby Lobby. These boxes go to countries where they have heavy rains, flooding and insect problems.  The regular cardboard shoebox does not hold up in these conditions.  The plastic shoebox will allow the child to keep their special things in it.  You can decorate the plastic shoebox with Christmas paper.  We will have plastic shoeboxes available after worship service in the lobby for your convenience.    No candy or toothpaste are allowed in the shoebox. Shipping donation is $9.00  

Dates to remember:

Preschool & Children

October 20, 27 & Nov 3 – You can bring shoebox back to your Sunday School room or to the Worship Center Foyer.
Student Ministry
October 20, 27 & Nov 3 – You can bring the shoebox to the Worship Center Foyer before or after Sunday School.

If you have a child younger than 4 years old or would like to participate as a family or single person there will be extra envelopes in the Children’s Building on the first floor and at the Welcome Desk in the Adult Education Building.  You are welcome to take one. Please bring your shoebox to the Worship Center foyer no later than November 3.


There are two options to pay the $9.00 shipping cost. If you have ever wondered where your shoebox is going, then you will want to choose option #1.


  1. Give online through EZ Give at You will receive a label with scan bars. Put the label on the outside top of your shoebox.  Your box will be registered with this label and tracked until it reaches its destination. Each box you do must have a registered label in order to be tracked.  You will be notified via e-mail about the destination of your shoebox (s).
  2. Place a check for $9.00 in the attached envelope. Checks are recommended, no cash please.  If your family is doing more than one box, you can combine the shipping cost into one check.  Place the envelope inside your shoebox.


Please place 2 rubber bands around your shoebox and lid.

CENTRAL DROP OFF CENTER Sweetwater is a central drop off center for our area.  At least 40 volunteers are needed during the week of Nov. 18-25 to assist with the collection of shoeboxes that will arrive from our community.
Please visit the OCC spotlight table to sign up to work a shift or call Beck Wade at 407-782-4547.  
Drop Off Hours of Operation:
November 18 – 22     4-7pm
November 23            1-4pm
November 24            4-7pm
November 25            9am-4pm