Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child 2021

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in packing or building gift shoeboxes online. Online, we purchased 92 shoebox gifts through the Build a Shoebox Online Goal Page! We individually packed 19 for a grand total of 111 shoeboxes! Multiplied out, as many as 444 children may be impacted by these gifts.

Locally, the Southern Arizona Team collected 9983 shoeboxes through 3 locations. We collected 238 shoeboxes at the St. John’s Drop-Off Location: Great turnout for our first year as a Drop-Off!

We had an amazing Drop-Off Team! We had 18 volunteers, 16 from St John’s UMC! When we weren’t busy counting shoeboxes, we prayed, read  devotionals and  stories from Franklin Graham’s book, “Operation Christmas Child, a Story of Simple Gifts.”  We also had great Christian fellowship! Our volunteers put in over 400 volunteer hours in 8 days!

Our volunteers were: Elsa Cocoa, Donna Durant, Sioux Espinoza, Leticia Garcia, from Calvary Chapel West Campus, Elaine Gokey, John & Nancy Gregory, Loretta Hanson, Alan & Kathleen Hayes, Linda Johnson, from The Evangelical Free Church of Green Valley, Daniella Mendoza, Ronda Redmon, Joe & Jackie Riegert, Jackie Treadwell and Bob & Mary Jo Gaines, Team Leaders. Over the weekend, Alex and Taylor joined us! Good to start them when they’re young!

We thank all our volunteers!

Without volunteers, this ministry wouldn’t be possible.

Until next year, we remain faithfully yours,

Bob & Mary Jo Gaines

Operation Christmas Child Project Leaders – St. John’s United Methodist Church, Tucson