(Ed. Note – This guest column is courtesy of Pastor Trish Chapman and OCC coordinators, Pat Hurd and Brenda Holmes.)

Friends and families of the Galva and surrounding communities, we are preparing to fill our Operation Christmas Child boxes. This is an outreach project to the world! We, as the body of Christ, meet the needs of the children of the world to know Christ and grow in their faith.

We are collecting small toys (new), school supplies, shoes, socks, clothing, and musical instruments to pack in these shoeboxes. They are going to areas in Africa, Mexico, Central America, and other countries across the world. Hair supplies, books, socks, flip-flops, crayons, and notebooks can make a difference in a child’s life.

If you do not wish to donate items, please consider donating $9 per box for shipping. This $9 covers cost for training, shipping, costs for workers, and other costs. $9 is not a lot to ask. We need $4,500.00 to cover shipping for 500 boxes. Please consider donating $9 per box.

You can make your tax deductible donation to OCC (Operation Christmas Child), and give it to your church or send to Galva First United Methodist Church for us to send on to the OCC dis- tribution center. Make a difference and feel the growth in Jesus Christ across the world!

We will be having a packing party on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. at Galva First United Methodist Church. Please try to plan to volunteer with us and join the fun. The filling box party lasts about 1 1/2 hours and we appreciate any time you can devote to helping us. Many hands make light work!