Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Since 1951

Operation Christmas Child 2017

Thirty-seven EAMC affiliates helped prepare 83,000 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoeboxes for delivery to Ghana and Belize when they traveled to the Samaritan's Purse warehouse in Charlotte for two days in December 2017. This was our 9th OCC mission trip.
 
Many thanks to our 32 returning affiliates and five first-timers-- Terri Hall, Bobbie Sue Wilcox, Laura Ormond, and Mary Ann and Herb Crenshaw-- who generously gave up time during the holidays to participate in this mission trip! We had a wonderful time being together, as usual, working on this project and enjoying a delicious Italian dinner the first night. We worked hard, had fun, got silly, and learned some creative ideas for shoebox items for future years. 
 
Unfortunately, the warehouse was almost through packing for the season so our three-day work schedule was cut in half. We were sorry to miss another night in Charlotte and a dessert party at the Ormond's, plus more of the fellowship and intrinsic rewards we receive from packing those precious boxes. 
 
If you're interested in joining OCC in 2018, please contact Debo Bell or Mary Eberhardt.

Operation Christmas Child 2017

John, Pam and Rodney outside the Charlotte warehouse

 

John, Pam and Rodney outside the Charlotte warehouse

Charlotte warehouse

 

Charlotte warehouse

Getting our instructions

 

Getting our instructions

We're ready to get to work!

 

We're ready to get to work!

David, Terri, Trace, Alan and Frances working hard!

 

David, Terri, Trace, Alan and Frances working hard!

Pam inspects shoeboxes

 

Pam inspects shoeboxes

Big bear

 

Big bear

Big bear, little bear. And Pam!

 

Big bear, little bear. And Pam!

Rod, Alan, Trace and Laura

 

Rod, Alan, Trace and Laura

Alan gets silly

 

Alan gets silly

Best gift in a shoebox!

 

Best gift in a shoebox!

Best gift

 

Best gift

The words of a bible never get old

 

The words of a bible never get old

Bob

 

Bob

Bob waits for Dwight to scan the carton barcode for tracking shoeboxes

 

Bob waits for Dwight to scan the carton barcode for tracking shoeboxes

"God and Jesus love you and so do we!"

 

David, Rodney and Terri, first-timer

 

David, Rodney and Terri, first-timer

David moves a carton full of shoeboxes along the conveyor belt

 

David moves a carton full of shoeboxes along the conveyor belt

Frances likes the critter in her shoebox

 

Frances likes the critter in her shoebox

Sewing kit in an old Rx bottle

 

Sewing kit in an old Rx bottle

Debo

 

Debo

Debo gets silly

 

Debo gets silly

Dianne carefully checks the shoebox for prohibited items

 

Dianne carefully checks the shoebox for prohibited items

Dwight flashes his barcode reader

 

Dwight flashes his barcode reader

"I love you and I will pray for you."

 

Frank

 

Frank

Freddie and Jim

 

Freddie and Jim

Gerry gets silly

 

Gerry gets silly

Ginny and Julia P.

 

Ginny and Julia P.

Herb, first-timer!

 

Herb, first-timer!

James

 

James

Jean (far r.), Gerry and Julia S. inspect shoeboxes

 

Jean (far r.), Gerry and Julia S. inspect shoeboxes

Jim, wearing his OCC shirt from a few years ago

 

Jim, wearing his OCC shirt from a few years ago

John and Tim pack the inspected shoeboxes into cartons

 

John and Tim pack the inspected shoeboxes into cartons

John pushes a filled carton along the conveyor belt

 

John pushes a filled carton along the conveyor belt

Sewing kit, folded

 

Sewing kit, folded

Sewing kit, inside

 

Sewing kit, inside

Julia P (far l.) and Norma Carol inspect and seal shoeboxes

 

Julia P (far l.) and Norma Carol inspect and seal shoeboxes

Julia S.

 

Julia S.

"Hi my name is Logan"

 

Karen

 

Karen

Kay, Marsha, Karen and Julia S.

 

Kay, Marsha, Karen and Julia S.

Kay

 

Kay

Laura D. inspects shoeboxes

 

Laura D. inspects shoeboxes

Laura O., first-timer, inspects shoeboxes

 

Laura O., first-timer, inspects shoeboxes

Laura O. and James

 

Laura O. and James

Working hard!

 Jim, Freddie, James, Julia S., Gerry, Jean, Marsha, Laura O., Kay, Frank, Rich

Working hard!

"Accept these gifts as a way to know Jesus"

 

Cute handmade totebag!

 

Cute handmade totebag!

Totebag, inside hem and handles

 

Totebag, inside hem and handles

Marie and Dianne inspect shoeboxes

 

Marie and Dianne inspect shoeboxes

Marie finds a water bottle filled with goodies

 

Marie finds a water bottle filled with goodies

Marsha and Laura inspect boxes

 

Marsha and Laura inspect boxes

Mary Ann, first-timer, and Debo inspect shoeboxes

 

Mary Ann, first-timer, and Debo inspect shoeboxes

Mary Ann gets silly

 

Mary Ann gets silly

"I prayed for YOU to receive this box!"

 

Norma Carol inspects shoeboxes

 

Norma Carol inspects shoeboxes

Norma Carol does the heavy lifting!

 

Norma Carol does the heavy lifting!

Huge poster hanging in the warehouse

 

Huge poster hanging in the warehouse

Who would put this in a shoebox?

 

Who would put this in a shoebox?

Rich packs the shoeboxes in cartons

 

Rich packs the shoeboxes in cartons

John, Rod (in hat) and Tim fooling around!

 

John, Rod (in hat) and Tim fooling around!

Another cute handmade totebag!

 

Another cute handmade totebag!

Cute totebag

 

Cute totebag

Sandra, our fearless OCC leader who stepped down after 2017 :-(

 

Sandra, our fearless OCC leader who stepped down after 2017 :-(

"Jesus Loves You"