Our mission is to love Jesus, love people, and make a difference. Each month we are committed to making a practical difference in the world.

Our mission is to love Jesus, love people, and make a difference. In November, Next Level Church has the amazing opportunity to support Operation Christmas Child! Each year Samaritan’s Purse provides an opportunity to bless children around the world with Christmas gifts through the help of people just like you!

For the month of November, we will be packing as many Christmas shoeboxes as possible to bless children all over the world.  Operation Christmas Child has a cool resource that allows you to Follow Your Box by using their Look-Up Tool to find out the country where your box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love.

How to Pack a Shoebox

1. Find a Shoebox
Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.

2. Girl or Boy?
Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.

3. Fill with Gifts

Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.

Check out gift suggestions on the Samaritan’s Purse website or grab a list from the MAD area in the church lobby.

Do Not Include: Candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

4. Pray
Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.

5. Label Your Box
There are two options:

  • Get a Follow Your Box Label – Donate $9 online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift. If you choose to donate online, you can Follow Your Box and receive a tracking label. Attach the label to your shoebox, and use our Look-Up Tool to find out the country where your box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love.
  • Get a pre-printed label – Pick up a pre-printed label from the MAD area in the church lobby. Fill out and attach the label and include your $9 donation in your box when delivered.

6. Drop Off
Drop off your gift box full of goodies at the Make A Difference area in the church lobby. Don’t forget to include your $9 donation to cover critical shipping and ministry costs or donate online and attach the label provided to your shoebox. The last day to drop your box off is Sunday, November 19th.

If you need another option to get involved, Samaritan’s Purse is also offering an option to build a shoebox online. This will allow you to build a shoebox virtually for a donation of $25.

Owners, let’s Make a Difference this month by packing as many gift boxes as possible to bless children around the world this Christmas. For questions about this month’s Make A Difference email Amanda at mad@nextlevelchurch.net.