Published : Monday, November 4, 2019 | 3:24 PM
La Canada Presbyterian Church and its Parent Education program invite participants and the community to fill shoeboxes with school supplies, baby dolls, balls, crayons, toothbrushes (but not toothpaste) and other toiletries to be delivered to children worldwide this holiday season through Operation Christmas Child (OCC) (www.samaritanspurse.org/occ). The gift filled boxes serve as a reminder at home and abroad of God’s love and the true meaning of the holiday season.
Operation Christmas Child is a program of Samaritan’s Purse which, since 1990, has collected and delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children living in more than 150 countries and territories. Each year, the program hopes to bring joy to approximately 11 million children worldwide. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts via plane, train, boat, car, sled and even horseback in order to share these wonderful Christmas gifts that will bless their lives.
“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Randy Riddle, director of Operation Christmas Child in the United States.
“Our family looks forward to Operation Christmas Child every year! It has become one of our family traditions. We started making a few boxes each and then one year we jumped to 50 and now we are at 100 boxes! Each person is responsible for buying a category and we all come together a week before the boxes are due, eat dinner together and get to work! We love it because no matter what age, all the kids can help! We make an assembly line and some kids even check every single box to make sure it has everything it needs. It is a fun chaotic time with all kinds of things flying around, but in the end, it all comes together. It is a great way to get kids involved in buying gifts for other children and helps them to understand their world is bigger than just their own home. Getting together as a family with a purpose helps us all be reminded how thankful we are right around Thanksgiving,” say LCPC participants Daniela Kim and Adri Leaw.
The deadline for the drop off to La Canada Presbyterian Church (626 Foothill) is Sunday, November 24 at noon and is coordinated by LCPC volunteer Lauren Diehl with assistance from Parent Ed volunteer, Barbara Stratte. For more information on drop off, call the Parent Ed office at (818) 790-6708 ext. 205.
If you have a child 0-18, LCPC Parent Education has a class for you! To sign up for a class or experience a FREE LCPC class, go to www.lacanadapc.org/parented or call (818) 790-6708 ext. 205. Classes meet weekly September through May and attract approximately 400 participants from 22 different cities. La Canada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill in La Canada.