Operation Christmas shoebox

Dawn Rye | Writer

Shoebox gifts go to the ends of the earth to children in some of the hardest or remote places. 

When a church or community builds a Christmas shoebox, it provides believers in those remote regions a creative way to share the holiday spirit for young boys and girls.

Recently, the Chancellor Reformed Church put together 150 Christmas shoeboxes to go worldwide, specifically to third-world countries. With the help of Samaritan’s Purse, these children are receiving Christmas gifts for the first time in their lives. 

Pastor Marc de Waard said items range from dolls, soccer balls, jump rope, Hot Wheels cars, beads, card games and stickers.  Personal care items, toothbrushes, soap, hairbrush, school items such as pencils, books, markers. Clothing and accessories including underwear, shoes, jewelry and sunglasses.

He explained that it was not just the youth group that collected the items for the shoebox. It is an intergenerational church event. On Sunday, Nov. 7, they canceled all aged Sunday School classes and after our morning worship, the whole church gathered for coffee and juice and cookies, and then all ages went around all the tables, collecting items and filling boxes.  The junior high youth received a lesson about the importance of the “Operation Christmas shoeboxes and enjoyed placing items in a box to donate for boys and girls. 

Four years ago, the “mission project began for the Sunday School children to participate in the all-church multi-generational event. The church filled 99 boxes first, 121 in 2020 and 150 in 2021. Once the 150 boxes were filled, they were delivered to the First Evangelical Free Church in Sioux Falls. Each box needed $9.00 for postage and $1,350 to cover the cost of items in the shoebox for shipping from the church members and local donations from Beef Booth at the Turner County Fair.

Comments are closed.

  • Scarce labor reshaping workforce

    January 19th, 2022
    by

    Check out our Help Wanted section in this paper Dawn Rye | Writer More than a year and a half […]


    Parker Fire Department sparks growing pains discussion

    January 19th, 2022
    by

    Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor At the December council meeting, Council member Chris Poncelet brought up concerns regarding the condition […]


    School Board views Phase II renovation options

    January 19th, 2022
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Phase I of the elementary addition began in the fall of 2021 for the Parker School. […]


    Board members continue to scold local business owner

    January 19th, 2022
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer According to the Constitution of the United States, free speech is a guaranteed right. Our opinions […]


    In case you missed it

    January 19th, 2022
    by

    Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor The Parker City Council gathered on Monday, January 10 the monthly regular meeting at the […]


  • New city electrician ready to fill big shoes

    January 19th, 2022
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Local graduate Tanner Plucker has been an electrician for the last 15 years working with several […]


    Local charged with third DUI

    January 13th, 2022
    by

    On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Turner County deputy Presely Helm was dispatched to Jones’ Food Center for a one-person vehicle crash.  […]


    Chase the Ace of “Hearts”

    January 13th, 2022
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer The Turner County Youth Hunt once again will be presenting Chase the Ace as a fundraiser.  […]


    Navigating the Tax Maze

    January 13th, 2022
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Will the 2022 tax filing season be conventional? Covid-19 will still be a concern, several stimulus […]


    Sun Lords dancing across the sky

    January 13th, 2022
    by

    Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor Along with temperatures that generally come with January, so do light shows that bring interest […]


  • What’s Happening

    Shirley Duncan

    93 Parker Jan. 12 Shirley Duncan, 93 of Parker, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Tieszen Memorial Home, Marion, […]

    Beavers sink Pheasants

    Shane Merrill | Sports A tough nosed full court press and stingy defense was enough to cause problems for the […]

    Pheasants wrestle at Tri-Valley

    Parker placed several wrestlers last week at Tri-Valley, with full results below: 126: Riley Pankratz (Parker) – DNP Champ. Round […]