Over 280 Toys & Supplies Donated to Operation Christmas Child

Nov 15, 2022

We chose Operation Christmas Child for the first Stoy Foundation donation! OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian aid organization committed to helping those in need while sharing the hope of the Gospel.

Each November, Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with toys and everyday supplies which are then distributed worldwide to more than 100 countries. The children who receive the shoeboxes are then voluntarily entered into a follow-up discipleship program where they receive Biblical devotions and preachings in their language.

This year, we raised $541 which provided over 80 Toys, 200 Supplies, and the shipping fees for 10 Filled Boxes. We packed 5 boxes for boys & 5 boxes for girls ages 5 to 9.

Each box received the following toys, clothing, art supplies, and hygiene products:
  • Girl’s Dolls
  • Hot Wheels Cars
  • Rainbow Inflatable Rubber Balls
  • Ball Pumps
  • Harmonicas
  • Hacky Sacks
  • Decks of Playing Cards
  • Slinkies
  • Pop-Its
  • Glitter & Twist Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Coloring & Activity Books
  • Branded Bookmarks
  • Play-Doh
  • Backpacks
  • Socks
  • Hair Ties
  • Water Bottles
  • Cartoon Band-Aids
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Ball of Colored Yarn
  • Paintable Wooden Car

We have included 3 “Signature Items” in each box for this year’s donation.

1. Wooden toy car with Bill Stoy’s signature wood-burned on to the bottom. Special thanks to Andrea from Trivets & Treasures for her amazing wood-burning skills!

2. Ball of colored yarn to represent Millie Stoy & all of her sewing creations.

3. Custom Stoy Foundation bookmarks with Bible verse.

 

We dropped off our boxes at the Northside Church in Tampa where they will be processed.

Special thanks to Pat from Northside who was super friendly & helpful and even gave us some fancy OCC costumes to pose in!

The collected boxes will then be sent to Atlanta, GA to be sorted and shipped out via boat to several countries all around the world.

We want to thank everyone who donated their time & resources to this project!

Our boxes have confirmed to be on their way to Angola, Africa this year.

Located on the western coast of Africa, Angola is known for its natural resource of oil as well as its recent recovery from decades of civil war. Operation Christmas Child began delivering gift-filled shoeboxes to children in this nation in 1997 and many have participated in their follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, since its launch in 2010.

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