Operation Christmas Child

Ontario Free Methodist Church has been involved with Operation Christmas Child since 1999. It began with a Sunday School teacher

Wendell Shipley, Marilyn Heath, Fred Coisman, Pastor Tony Viscioni 2010

packing a box for a child with her class of children. Then when we moved to our current location, we had more space and decided we wanted to be a Relay Center. We did so for several years, then decided we could become a Collection Center and host the semi-truck for collection week. This year we will continue to serve as the Collection Center for Mansfield region of Ohio, which includes: Ashland, Bucyrus, Galion, Mansfield, Shelby, West Salem, Willard, and Wooster.

Our children at Ontario Free are involved in this ministry each year with decorating and packing shoeboxes for children in war-torn areas, poverty stricken zones, and natural disaster victims throughout our world. We love this ministry as it is not only a gift for a child, but the love of God that is shared with the child who receives a gift. It is a gospel opportunity through the simple gift of a shoebox filled with small toys, hard candy, hygiene items, and school supplies. For more information of how you can help a child have hope, check out  www.samaritanspurse.org.

Local church members bring their boxes to the Collection Center in 2010

Local churches, schools, community groups, individuals and families from the Mansfield area participate in Operation Christmas Child each year. Each person plays a part in the ministry – packing, buying a gift, transporting boxes, finding shoeboxes from the community, etc. All of us working together can make a difference in a child’s life!

Marilyn Roe, Linwood Ensminger, Pauline Tingley 2010

No matter how young or how old you are, children are in need of hope. The National Collection Week for 2016 is: November 14th-21th. If you need someone to share at your church about Operation Christmas Child, contact Dawn Morton, Mansfield, OH – Collection Center Coordinator at twodrsmorton@zoominternet.net.  There are also opportunities to volunteer at the Collection Center!

Collection week is in November. For exact dates and times please refer to the church calendar.