Kick Off for Operation Christmas Child 2021

Operation Christmas Child Kick Off Weekend is Oct 16th & 17th! Please look for OCC Volunteers in the Atrium this weekend and pick up your shoe boxes while supply lasts. Also learn how to pack shoe boxes online, with Summit Church OCC Goal page!

We kick off Operation Christmas Child this Oct 16 & 17th 2021!

Won’t you consider filling some shoe boxes with love this year? Each box is a Gospel Opportunity and a way for you to personally give Jesus’ love to a child who may be suffering from war, poverty, disease, or natural disaster. Since 1993 more than 146 million different children in 150 countries and territories (including some here in the USA) have been touched by the power of these simple gifts, and this year the goal is 12 million more new children experiencing Good News and Great Joy! What goes in each box is fun, what comes out is eternal!

At the Denver Processing Center some boxes went to Native American Reservations in AZ, NM & Mexico. In 2017, Operation Christmas Child collected enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. And more than 9.1 million collected in the U.S.

The weekend of Oct 16th & 17th 2021 in the entry halls (Atrium), and for the next few weeks, you will notice volunteers dedicated to Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the project. You may fill shoeboxes you already have in your closet; buy unbreakable plastic boxes with lids (these are very useful to the children – we have some for $1); or take some fold-up boxes from the table while supplies last.

Also stay tuned for our Project Leaders Goal page where you can order online, and those boxes will get counted for Summit Church Durango OCC shoe boxes.

This is a great project to do with your own kids or grandkids, ask neighbors and family to join in. A child that shops for and packs a box unselfishly for another child will grow in compassion and the joy of giving. If you would like to help in other ways, please find or call Alana Ostrander at 970-382-1501. Stay tuned for more details and get your shoe boxes ready to deliver right back here at Summit Church in mid-November.

OCC Project Leaders: Alana & Sean Ostrander, email:

Collection Center Coordinators: Erin Hamilton email:

Area Coordinator, Four Corners Area: Sally Rowland