Today is the first day of Operation Christmas Child collection week, and this Thursday is the packing party for the Operation Christmas Child project with the youth group from my church. With this in mind, I want to tell you about a similar idea that will benefit the less fortunate in the OKC metro area.
Feed His Sheep, a local ministry that feeds and serves the homeless every Sunday morning in downtown OKC, is gathering donations to facilitate their Shoeboxes for the Homeless endeavor.
The size of the crowd they serve each week varies, but typically ranges from 70 – 120 people. This year, they would like to provide each person with their own wrapped shoebox filled with things that will make their life on the street juat a little easier.
My favorite part about the Feed His Sheep ministry is that they are in the trenches every. single. week. rubbing elbows with the least of these, loving on them and forming relationships that embody the love of Christ!
You Can Help
If you’d like to help with Shoeboxes for the Homeless, there are a couple of different ways you can do so:
- Pack your own shoebox(es)
- Contribute items for the shoeboxes – this is a great use for many of the items you may get for FREE and cheap with coupons. I recently used coupons to purchase a bunch of VO5 hair care products to donate.
- Hygiene products
- Sonic or McDonald’s Gift Cards
- Warm Clothing (socks, fleece gloves, hats)
- Hand Warmers
- Crossword Puzzle Books
- Pocket Size New Testaments
- Writing Supplies (pens, pencils, paper, notebooks)
- Baby Wipes
- First Aid Kits
- Coloring Books, Crayons, Colored Pencils
Items are not limited to this list. You can donate basically anything you can think of that fits in a shoebox and would help someone who is cold, hungry, lonely and going through a very difficult time.
Where to Drop Off Your Items
There are currently three drop off locations:
- Edmond: Contact Reisha at (405) 509-3009
- Mustang/Yukon: Contact Robyn (405) 326 – 1497
- Guthrie: Contact Neva (405) 414 – 7694
- OR email [email protected] and they will reply back ASAP with the addresses or arrange pick up.
Save Time & Money
If you’re planning on giving, you can save time and money by checking out these bulk care packages from Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree offers FREE in-store pickup for any online order provided your items are in stock at your assigned distribution center.