Monthly Packing Events

On the second Tuesday of each month, we meet in Benner Fellowship Hall to prepare items for our two annual OCC Packing Parties. One is held in the summer, usually in July, and the other in October.

You are invited to help! Preparation involves anything from removing packaging from toys to assembling sewing or fishing kits…or simply wrapping soap in washcloths. Anything that’s needed so as many items as possible will fit into the shoebox.

For more information, contact Michelle Williams, 740-215-7519.

OCC Packing Party 2023

Help us pack shoeboxes for children in need around the world. Boxes and everything you need to fill them is provided. Join us anytime during the hours shown and stay as long as you’re able.

Summer Packing Party 2023

We’ve set a goal of 1,000 boxes being packed and need many hands to reach it. Come for an hour or stay the entire time. We’ll start at 9 am and stop around noon to enjoy lunch together. Please bring a side dish or dessert and a lawn chair. Meat, table service and drinks provided. Held at Andy/April Williams home, 7270 Westfall Rd, Amanda. Contact Michelle, 740-215-7519.

Summer Packing Party

Join us Saturday, July 23, for a morning of fun while packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Hosted at Andy/April Williams’ home, 7270 Westfall Rd, Amanda.

Stay for lunch. Bring your lawn chairs and a covered dish. Meat, drinks, and table service provided.

Help us set up starting at 9:30 am Friday, July 22. Lunch will be provided.

OCC Summer Guest

We are so excited that Alex Nsengimana will be joining us at our packing party! We’ll take a short break from packing as he shares his story and then stay and pack shoeboxes alongside Alex. You don’t want to miss this incredible young man!

Operation Christmas Child in Kigali, Rwanda – distribution at Dayspring Primary School

Growing up in the midst of an unstable Rwandan government, Alex experienced first-hand the travesties of his nation’s genocide. At the height of tribal unrest, the genocide claimed the lives of his caregivers. Fleeing for his life, Alex escaped gunmen and eventually ended up in an orphanage that was his home for several years. He received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child one year after arriving at the orphanage and remembers being so excited to have a gift to call his own. The shoebox gift sowed seeds of hope and love that he desperately needed. He realized that God had a specific plan for his life. Alex now serves with Operation Christmas Child paying forward the hope and love he received through a shoebox gift. To find our more about how God protected and intervened in his life after surviving the Rwandan genocide, please join us for a special time of Alex telling his story of redemption and forgiveness.

Shoebox Challenge

The number of boxes we pack is important because each one represents a child who will hear the Good News! Grab a shoebox on your way out of church this morning, fill it and bring it back anytime. Monetary contributions are used to buy items for the packing parties.

OR you can Build a Shoebox Online that counts toward our goal. The cost of $25 includes shipping. R

Remember to pray for the children who’ve received our shoeboxes as they’re going through discipleship classes learning about Jesus.

Year-Round Shopping

Year-Round shopping for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts helps provide supplies for the church packing parties. It’s also a great way to collect items for your personal shoe box gifts.

Pick up a calendar of the suggested items for each month of the year. Leave donations in the boxes located in the church foyers. Financial donations should be placed in an offering envelope marked OCC gifts or OCC shipping. For more information, contact Michelle Williams, 740-215-7519.

Packing Party

We are very pleased to announce our annual Packing Party.

As with everything else, some adjustments had to be made to address COVID-19. We will be asking participants to sign up in advance for specific times so the room does not become overcrowded. Tables will be set up to allow for social distance. Sign up sheets are in the church foyers. Contact Michelle Williams with any questions, 740-215-7519.