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Operation Christmas Child is the endorsed project of the IOKDS Junior Department but all members can and do participate in this rewarding service project.
is it? OCC (Operation Christmas Child) is a ministry of Samaritan's
Purse led by Franklin Graham. Large shoeboxes or plastic shoeboxes are
filled with gifts, and sent to needy children everywhere. Since 1990 more
than 93 million boy and girls around the world in 130 countries have received
(Pictured here is a member from the Mobjack Bay Junior Circle)
does it do? It provides a box to each child, full of toys,
games, school supplies and hygiene items. For some, it will be the
very first gift they have ever received. Materials describing
God's Love, the greatest gift of all, are added before shipping by the
Samaritan's Purse outreach ministry.
What has OCC accomplished? Obviously the children benefit from the gifts but in addition the boxes have brought great joy to their families, communities and even their countries. Hearts have been touched in parts of the world that previously were not open to learning about Jesus Christ. Doors have been opened allowing missionaries in countries where before they were not allowed. Churches have been planted spreading the gospel to local people of all ages and Sunday school classes are now offered.
How do you get started? If this will be the first year for your juniors to participate a good way to introduce this project is to read and discuss Luke 10: 30-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan followed by a group discussion of how that applies to them.
What do you include in the box?
Toys: small cars, balls, slinkys jump ropes, harmonicas, yo-yos, playing cards and games. Dominoes and number games are good choices. My granddaughter says "every child needs something to hug". So include an age appropriate stuffed animal or mascot.
School Supplies: regular and colored pencils and pencil sharpeners, writing pads, solar calculators, art paper, markers, crayons, glue sticks, stamps and ink pads, picture and coloring books
Hygiene Items: toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, comb, brush,
Other: Individually wrapped hard candy, mints, suckers, gum, t shirts, socks, sunglasses, ball caps, watches or flashlights with extra batteries, hair barrettes, and pony tail holders.
Be creative, but keep in mind many children do not speak English.
Do not include used or damaged goods, any war related items like guns, knives or military figures, no chocolate or out of date candy, no liquids, lotions, aerosol cans, no breakable items or scissors.
To get started determine how many boxes are to be filled, choose a boy or girl and select an age range. Make a list of what you want to include. Solicit parent involvement. You could assign each member to bring specific items to the next meeting.
Make it fun. It is a good idea for leaders to provide the boxes
and have extra supplies on hand. Check the website for specifics, how
to wrap and to print labels.
When do you begin? August through September is an ideal time to purchase shoebox items. Take advantage of back to school sales on toys, games and hygiene items.
info: Cost is $7.
Where? Check the website here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Drop_Off_Locations/ for your closest drop off location.
Utilize this link: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/occ/ as your resource for all additional information.
On behalf of all juniors I genuinely thank you for contributing to this worthy endeavor In His Name and supporting the IOKDS leaders of tomorrow.
Proverbs 3:5, 6
in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight."
As the Junior Department Director, I find inspiration in Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Florida: Happy Hearts
they held a bike-a-thon (pictured above) along the beach
On two occasions, they walked along the beach and picked up trash (pictured at left).
The Mobjack Bay Junior Circle was founded in Mathews, Virginia area. They average nine members at their meetings. Norma Enders leads this group. These juniors immediately embraced the junior endorsed project, Operation Christmas Child, and in just two years have donated 16 shoeboxes. To raise money for the Samaritans Purse ministry they have a booth at the annual Mathews Market Days where they sell a variety of homemade items. They chose to crochet hats for the military for Project Appreciation.
They do take time for fun and are shown at the table making necklaces with their own designs.
It is important to recognize that not all junior members are part of an organized circle and they should not be forgotten. Many live in areas where there are no circles. They often are relatives of our senior members who pay their dues every year. Through phone calls and letters they can be involved in the Order. With a little effort and creative thinking these youngsters can develop hearts for service. Enlisting parental support is the first step. Next a service project can be introduced. They can be encouraged to learn about Samaritans Purse and fill shoeboxes. Including friends and siblings would make it more enjoyable and rewarding. Another option could be collect used children books and donate them to a local childcare charity. These are just a couple of ideas to consider how to be certain these young members are remembered.
The IOKDS junior prayer follows. Please reach out to your favorite junior by sending them a copy of this prayer.
PRAYER OF THE ORDER FOR JUNIORS
God, our everlasting Father,
The Junior Members of our Order are members who are ages birth through 17 years of age. These youth are an important part of our future.
International dues for Junior Members, age birth through 17 years of age, are only $2.00 per year. Juniors may become Junior Members of Senior Circles, or, with the support of Senior Members, start their own Circles with as few as three members. Additional information is available from the International Junior Director, Bev Duffer, at 317-485-4935 or e-mail at: email@example.com.
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