Since 1993, 177 million children have received a shoebox. Last year over 10.5 million children received a shoebox.  

We are asking children and adults 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 on the portico for your convenience.   

If you are not comfortable to go shopping in the stores or able to, you can choose to “Build a Shoebox”.  The cost is $25 and you can select the items for your shoebox.  Go to this website www.samaritanspurse.org and follow these instructions:

  1. Click on tab “What We Do”
  2. Click on Operation Christmas Child
  3. Click on “Build a Shoebox” picture and follow the instructions

If you decide to do this, come by the shoebox table and let us know so we can count your shoebox in our church shoebox total.  

DATES TO REMEMBER:

October 18, 25 & Nov 1 – Everyone bring your shoebox to the church portico.  If you are bringing your shoebox on a weekday, take it to the church office during regular business hours.

The donation for each shoebox is $1.00. Due to the COVID virus we will not be giving out change this year. Please bring the exact amount.

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

Please place 2 rubber bands around your shoebox and lid.

The children receiving a shoebox will also receive a booklet telling them about Jesus from His birth through the resurrection. They will be given an opportunity to ask Jesus into their heart. Please pray for the children receiving these shoeboxes.

DROP OFF CENTER INFO

Changes this year concerning the COVID-19 virus:

  • All volunteers at the Drop-Off Center will have their temperatures checked before helping and will wear a mask.
  • We are asking everyone dropping off shoeboxes to wear a mask if you will be getting out of your vehicle.
  • If you feel more comfortable, you can remain in your car. While volunteers are unloading your shoeboxes, a volunteer will bring the sign in sheet to you with a sanitized pen.
  • Thank you for helping us follow the CDC and Seminole County guidelines. If needed, we will make other adjustments for the week of collection.

We will be receiving filled shoeboxes as follows:

November 16-20   Monday – Friday    4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

November 21 Saturday   1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

November 22 Sunday      4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

November 23 Monday     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you will be bringing in a large number of shoeboxes, please call the church office to make arrangements so that we can be prepared when you arrive. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the church and leave a message at 407-862-3893.  You can also  e-mail me directly before the collection week at beckywade1231@hotmail.com. Please reference OCC or shoeboxes so I will know it is safe to open your e-mail.  We will return your call or your e-mail as soon as possible.