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Once again the church is getting involved with Operation Christmas Child, an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.


Last year we managed to fill 145 shoeboxes and hand them in to the OCC warehouse in Kirkintilloch. That was a tremendous achievement due to the generosity of all departments within the church.


We would like to do the same again this year, or perhaps even beat that total, and we are once again looking for your help and support.


This year Samaritan’s Purse have produced flat pack boxes, larger than last years, and we have a supply of them. There is no need therefore for shoeboxes or the need to cover them with Christmas paper. However if you want to do this your shoebox will still be gladly received.


The shoeboxes will be available from Sunday 5 October and should be handed back in before Sunday 2 November.


To help with this project you can either fill a shoebox yourself or donate items or donate a sum of money and we will use it to buy items.


Leaflets will be available from Sunday 5 October detailing what can and cannot be included in a shoebox. On the next page is the full list of gift suggestions as detailed in the leaflet. Also listed are items that should not be included. It is very important that these instructions are adhered to however all boxes are checked at the warehouse before being shipped and any undesirable items are removed.


One of our members, David McWhinnie, has been accepted to be part of a Samaritan’s Purse Team that will go out to Kosova in December to distribute shoeboxes to children in parts of the country. We will have a report of his trip in the next issue of our magazine.


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