Operation Christmas Child 2021
The Hopewell Baptist Church Fellowship Hall will be a Operation Christmas Child drop-off location during the National Collection Week, November 15th - 22nd. You can pick-up shoeboxes to fill, and drop off packed shoeboxes, during these dates and times. Below is a list of our drop-off location hours during that week.
|Monday, November 15||9:00 am - 9:00 pm|
|Tuesday, November 16||9:00 am - 9:00 pm|
|Wednesday, November 17
||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Thursday, November 18||9:00 am - 9:00 pm|
|Friday, November 19||9:00 am - 7:00 pm|
|Saturday, November 20
||9:00 am - 4:00 pm|
|Sunday, November 21||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm|
|Monday, November 22||9:00 am - 9:00 pm|
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause fear and uncertainty, Samaritan’s Purse is calling on churches and families to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child - making sure millions of children experience the the Good News and great joy of the holiday. Samaritan’s Purse is committed to its mission of reaching millions of children across the globe with hope.
“Much of the world has been gripped with fear, and this is especially hard for children,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Now more than ever, these boys and girls need to know God loves them. Operation Christmas Child delivers the hope found only in Jesus Christ.”
The Samaritan’s Purse project has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts - filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys - to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a mission project that everyone can still be a part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions.
Hopewell has served this missions effort since 2012 as a drop-off location during National Collection Week. In addition to collecting and packing shoeboxes within our own church, we will collect boxes from the community, individuals and other churches, and transport them to the processing center in Charlotte. National Collection Week is November 15th - 22nd this year.
This year will look a little different. All drop-off locations will operate as curbside drop offs. Donors will be greeted by volunteers wearing personal protection equipment and directed to an outside area where they will retrieve the shoeboxes. There will also be a touchless way to leave contact information and the number of shoeboxes dropped off.
How do you help? First, pray! Pray that God will touch the heart of every child that receives these shoeboxes and that He brings them to faith in Jesus Christ. Secondly, pack a shoebox. Shoeboxes are available in the Sanctuary Vestibule, complete with instructions on how to pack your box. Thirdly, donate. The cost to ship each of these boxes is approximately $9.00 and an additional $6.00 will allow the child to participate in The Greatest Journey - a 12-week discipleship training program. Lastly, volunteer to help us with this missions effort. We need people to staff the drop center - greeters, hosts, unloaders, and cartonizers; people to pray for the ministry, pray over the collected shoeboxes, and pray for any specific requests from the people dropping off boxes; and people to transport the shoeboxes to the processing center in Charlotte. Sign-up sheets will be available in the vestibule starting Sunday, October 31st.
Also, we invite you to participate with our church Shoebox Packing Party on Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking that you sign up for specific time slots. Attendees will be limited to 20 per time slot. We will follow all current guidelines for church gatherings. We will have gloves, hand sanitizers and masks available for your use.
If you have any questions, please contact If you have any questions, please contact Connie Munday or call at 704-756-1600, or Anita Beaver in the Church Office at 704-892-3749.
Operation Christmas Child Web Site Links
Below are links to some popular content on the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child website.
Main Web Page
How to Pack a Shoebox
Gift Suggestions by Age and Gender
Why a $9 Donation per Shoebox is Important
Frequently Asked Questions