Ministries

Operation Christmas Child

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Appleton United Methodist Church has participated in Operation Christmas Child annually since the year 2000. We have been able to prepare sixty or more gift-filled shoe boxes each year to send to children in desperate situations around the world.

This program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project that reaches out to suffering children while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas– Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift. Several of our members have gone as volunteers to the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of our member couples volunteered for nine years, serving as chaperones for youth from the Johnstown, Ohio area.

Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions frequently asked about Operation Christmas Child.

Q. WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR SENDING MY SHOE BOX TO YOU?
A. National Collection Week is in November but you may send completed boxes year-round to OCC headquarters:

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Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Q. WHAT DOES THE $7 COVER? CAN I SEND CASH?
A. A donation of $7 or more helps us cover project expenses like shipping the boxes. We prefer that these donations be made by check or by using our new online donation option (called “Follow Your Box Donation”).

Q. IF I SEND MORE THAN ONE BOX, CAN I WRITE ONE CHECK FOR ALL OF THEM?
A. Yes, you may write one check for them all and place it in any one of your boxes.

Q. WHAT IS THE MISSION OF OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD?
A. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Q. DO I HAVE TO USE A SHOE BOX?
A. No, you may also use a similarly sized plastic storage container with a removable lid or other similarly sized box.


Johnstown-Northridge Food Pantry

Members of the Appleton United Methodist Church bring their donations for each month’s request listing to the front of the Church Sanctuary. One of our member families delivers them to The Food Pantry.

Food Pantry suggestions for items always in demand:
Box meals
Cereals
Canned meats
Spaghetti and spaghetti sauce
Vegetables
Soups
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Canned and boxed pastas
Canned fruits
Hand soaps and other non-perishables.
Most any items needed.
Financial contributions are always welcome as well.
Remember to add a few extra items to your grocery basket while shopping.