Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child (OCC), the unique shoe box gift project of Samaritan’s Purse, has brought joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good news of God’s love.  Since 1993 Samaritan’s Purse has collected over 77 million shoeboxes that have been hand delivered all over the world.

Here at First Presbyterian Church we are actively involved in this mission project by packing, collecting, and shipping shoeboxes from our congregation.  Every fall we begin collecting items to fill shoeboxes for the OCC national collection week that take place a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  Our church has a Packing Party where we fill shoeboxes with much needed items, including a hand written notes and photos.Our church is also the Regional Drop Off Center for all the shoeboxes being filled by other churches, organizations, and individuals in the Tri-state Area.  Thousands of shoeboxes have been received at our church and packed on semi-trucks to be sent to Samaritan’s Purse processing center in Minneapolis.

There are many volunteer options to help with OCC.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this mission outreach program, you may contact the church and ask for the OCC coordinator.

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First Presbyterian Church
233 West Ave South
La Crosse WI 54601

Phone: 608.784.4248
Fax: 608.784.1091

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Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday Service

8:30am Worship
9:30am Sunday School
10:30am Worship