You can help children in over 100 countries experience the love of Christ, by supplying small toys and other gifts for Operation Christmas Child. On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm, we‘ll have our Packing Party to pack all of the collected items in shoe boxes that are provided by Samaritan‘s Purse®. (So, we do not need donated shoeboxes this year.) On Saturday, Nov. 21, a crew will be needed to deliver the boxes to Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hartland, a local collection site.


We will also be collecting $7 per box to cover shipping and other administrative costs … in the past we‘ve sent close to 200 boxes! Anything you can do to help with this cost would be greatly appreciated. Here are suggested gift ideas (new items please):

TOYS - small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES - pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS - toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

OTHER - Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE - In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans

If you have any questions, ask any member of Denkert‘s ChristCare group.