Operation Christmas Child
Since 1993, more than 146 million boys and girls in over 160 countries and territories have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Fairfax Circle Church has been packing shoeboxes for OCC since 2001. The shoeboxes are filled with hygiene items, school supplies and a variety of fun toys, all suitable for the child’s age.
Their shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them. It gives them an opportunity to experience the love of God.
Be sure to watch a video to see the impact this simple gift has on children and communities! You will be amazed and inspired.
It’s not just a box of toys
As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Afterwards, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. They learn from trained local volunteers what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others. The graduates also receive a New Testament Bible in their own language
No box packing party this year
This year, Fairfax Circle has made the decision to support a new ministry, which means that we will not be doing a box-packing party. This was a very carefully made decision as we are aware that it's an event that people love. You can read Pastor David's comments about it here. We hope that you will join us after the new year as we pack meals for hungry kids overseas at our Feed My Starving Children event. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us via email or by using our contact form.
Fairfax Circle Church is an official drop-off center for your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! That means that during National Collection Week, people from all around us, including folks from other churches, are invited to drop off their shoeboxes with us so that we can ship them along to the processing center in Baltimore. We are open an entire week in November and welcome both drop-offs and volunteers - our schedule is announced on this page, usually in October.
Pack a box or two … or more!
We will have plenty of red and green boxes for those that would like to have them. If you and your family would like to fill these boxes together, here are some suggested items. You are also welcome to use any shoebox or similarly sized box that you already have to pack your goodies. When you’re done packing, don’t forget to pray for the child who will receive the box you packed. Then, drop it off at our church during National Collection Week, November 2019.
Volunteer to help
During National Collection Week, we need lots of volunteers to welcome people to our church and help them to bring in their boxes. It’s a great place to volunteer and serve both the community and children overseas and is a perfect activity for families.