Good News. Great Joy.

Prairie Lutheran proudly supports the mission of Samaritan’s Purse and their goal of demonstrating God’s love in tangible ways to needy children through their Operation Christmas Child program. OCC blesses children around the world with gift-filled shoeboxes that become opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. With Operation Christmas Child, we are not just helping to provide earthly comforts; we are taking part in spreading the Gospel of Christ around the world.

This year our goal is to work together as a congregation to fill 600 shoeboxes and we will do that on November 18 at 10am during our OCC Box-Packing Party! Families are, of course, welcome to take empty OCC boxes, fill them at home on their own, and return them to PLC.

On November 18, we want to be sure to fill the shoeboxes with items for kids to clean, to learn, to play, and to wear. With that in mind, here are the items we are going to try to make sure are in each box filled together:


We need 600 of each of these items, so to reach our goal we need lots of people to lend their hearts and their hands and here’s how you can help:

We are asking that adults bring in the clean, learn, and wear items and the children and youth bring in the play items. Please bring in items to the Great Hall and place them in the appropriate labeled boxes anytime before Friday, November 15th.

We have set up a Prairie Lutheran OCC Box-Packing Party Amazon Wish List specifically for certain bulk items needed. These items can be purchased and delivered directly to PLC. Please feel free to help us out with some of these items.

As we get close to the Box-Packing Party on November 12th, we will be buying items that we still need to fill shoeboxes. If you would like to give money to go toward purchasing items, please feel free to give either online or by check to PLC with “OCC” in the memo and drop it by the PLC office.

The OCC website is a great place to visit to read stories about children who received an OCC shoebox, find out more about the mission of OCC, and get ideas of what to pack and what not to pack in the shoeboxes that will be sent overseas.

Pray for the children who will receive the boxes and the special gifts inside. Pray for those who will deliver the boxes. Pray for God’s love to be spread and for joy to be found. Also, pray before during and after you shop for items - that God will direct you to the perfect items for the shoeboxes.
Also, click here if you’d like to connect to the OCC Prayer Network.

Thank you to those of you who have participated with the Operation Christmas Child program in the past. And a big thank you for partnering with us again this year. We hope and pray the boxes we pack together help connect us as a congregation and connect children all over the world with the love of God.