Operation Christmas Child

a project of samaritan's purse

Kernstown UMC serves as a Winchester-Area Collection Center each year during National Collection Week!

National Collection Week 2021
November 15-22

Check back in October for Collection Center dates and times for 2021.

Exciting OCC Opportunity!

Planning a trip to the Carolina beaches in May or June? Consider spending a day or two serving the Lord at the Charlotte, North Carolina Operation Christmas Child Processing Center on your way down or back!

During the 2020 season while many folks were still locked down, there were a massive number of shoeboxes built online - over 300,000 (up from 60,000 in years past!)  This tremendous response has taken many weeks to coordinate, but Samaritan's Purse is about ready to begin packing the online shoeboxes now!

This is where you come in to help - Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child is looking for volunteers to help pack and process these special boxes.  If interested, click the "Find Out More" button and register to help!

Charlotte, NC Operation Christmas Child
Processing Center
(7100 Forest Point Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28217)
  Start Date:
May 8, 2021
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
6 weeks, or until all the shoeboxes
built online are packed



Hygiene Items!

KUMC Collection center processed

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shoebox gifts in 2020!  Praise God!

I Saw God at Work…

I wanted to share my observations while working at our Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child collection center for this year 2020.  I observed the amazing nature and love of our Lord by the work of those who love Him.
- I saw God at work when a lady named Carol (who usually fills 40 shoeboxes each year) donated 57 shoebox gifts saying, "With the pandemic this year, I had more time on my hands and made good use of it to help spread the Gospel message." (Evangelism - Knowing)
- I saw God at work as we prayed over shoeboxes being received and later found leftover remaining shoebox items (school supplies, hygiene items, stuffed animals, toys, and clothing) in our outside church shed resulting in 68 more children that will be able to receive a shoebox gift from KUMC this year. (Multiplication - Growing)
- I saw God at work as new and previous volunteers gave their time and energy to serve others through this shoebox ministry. (Discipleship - Sowing)
- I saw God at work as donors came by, some requested additional empty shoeboxes to fill more and a lady in front of her handed over what she had remaining in her car, which came to about 30 extra shoeboxes.
- I saw God at work when a relatively new church (St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church, Gainesboro Area) donated 19 shoebox gifts as they themselves are looking for donations to help pay for their church expenses.  The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Christian churches dating back to the 4th Century (mostly based in Egypt, now in persecution).
I Saw God at Work in 2020.
May you all have a blessed Christmas and safe and healthy New Year…
Your brother in Christ,
Bob Greatorex
Kernstown UMC – Winchester, VA

wanted:  KUMC occ project leader

Think you feel a calling to plan, promote, facilitate, and coordinate the shoebox gift mission among the KUMC congregation throughout the year?  Watch this short video to see if the Project Leader position might be for you!  If interested, contact Bob Greatorex.