Bethel Church is pleased to once again support Operation Christmas Child by providing boxes to our church members as well as the community. You will see a table by the Outreach Center in the foyer starting Sunday, October 22-November 19, 2023, where you can get the needed materials to put a box together. This is a fun activity to do as a family with your kids, grandkids, or just in support of the many children across the globe that are affected by this small gift. This is a life-changing experience for the children that receive a box. And it will be for your family too.

Once your box is ready, bring it back to the table in the foyer before Sunday, November 19 and we’ll get it where it needs to go!

How to Pack a Shoebox

We encourage you to prayerfully pack shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children in need around the world. If, however, getting out to a store is difficult for you, consider building a shoebox online! You can still select the items you want to include in your box and personalize it with a note and photo. Many of these shoeboxes are delivered to hard-to-reach areas to share the Good News in a culturally sensitive way.

How Can You Help
  1. Pack a box. Pack 2 boxes. Pack 10 boxes! And challenge your friends and family to do the same. Return them to Bethel by Sunday, November 19.
  2. Build a box online. Build 2 boxes online. Build 10 boxes online!
  3. Make a donation online to help cover shipping costs. A donation of $9 will cover the shipping of someone’s box and ensure it gets to the right child!
  4. Volunteer to help. You can speak to Harvey or Peg Seidel on Sundays at the OCC table to see how you might help locally.
  5. Follow Your Box! Every shoebox needs a $9 donation to provide for collecting, processing, shipping, and other project costs. If you make this donation online, you can Follow Your Box and receive a tracking label.
  6. Pray for every box that goes out. Records show that the chances are incredibly high that the child that receives your box will receive Christ for the first time. These children really will change the world.

For more information, you may contact Sueann at or call 701.232.4476.

What is Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, brings joy and hope to needy children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 86 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.