Operation Christmas Child
For over two decades, members of First Baptist Church of Garden City have packed shoeboxes that have been sent all over the world on a mission to share Jesus with the nations. Most years we send more than 150 boxes from our church alone.
Throughout the year, our members collect items and give money for items to be purchased (See the list of needs on this page). In October or November of each year, we hold a Packing Party to fill each box. In recent years, our boxes are stuffed so full of wonderful toys and gifts to the children!
The night of the Packing Party, we also have a chili supper to help raise the money to send these boxes. After our boxes are sent, we haul them to a collection center where they are then shipped to the Atlanta processing center.
We have taken adults and teenagers to processing centers in Atlanta and Charlotte where boxes are checked to make sure they don’t contain items that should not be sent (things that cause issues at customs) before being loaded on trucks and shipped out.
Some of our members, while on mission trips overseas, have seen shoeboxes being distributed and have even met people whose lives have been transformed by Christ… all through a simple shoebox. Join us and pack a shoebox this year!