Published : Friday, November 10, 2017 | 8:45 PM
La Canada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education program invites participants and the community to fill shoeboxes with school supplies, baby dolls, balls, crayons, 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.
“We adopt this project each year at LCPC Parent Education because we believe there is no greater gift you can give your own child than the opportunity to bless another child in need,” said Parent Ed Chair Carol Van Citters. The deadline for the drop off to La Canada Presbyterian Church (626 Foothill) is Sunday, November 19 at noon. 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 x 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.