This time of year we welcome contributions for Operation Christmas Child. Bring supplies and empty shoe boxes and leave in or next to the box in the narthex. A list of supplies is below.

And mark your calendar for October 9 for the St. John’s Lutheran Church Collection Parade & Festival! We’ll have a parade complete with fire trucks, ambulances, and police vehicles leaving St. John’s at 3:30 pm and following the route below. Friends and neighbors are all welcome to bring their supplies or completed shoeboxes out to the parade for collection or bring them to St. John’s through 5:30 pm that evening. Emergency vehicles will hang out at St. John’s after for a meet-and-greet – stop by, visit, and enjoy refreshments!


Gift Suggestions

TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, spiral or small notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors with rounded edges, water color paints, coloring and picture books

NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, small package of Kleenex

ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.