Central United Methodist Church of Decatur AL

Christmas Shoe Boxes for Third World Children 2018

Suggested Gifts for Third World Shoe Boxes
Boxes should be marked with ages (2-12) and whether it is for a boy OR girl.
Hot Wheels Cars     
McDonalds Toys
Small Dolls     
Marbles  (no more than 5/baggie)shoeboxes1
Small balls & Hand pump?     
Wash Cloth
Comb and Brush     
Small Hand Mirror
1 pr Flip Flops (one per/box)
Underwear (underpants & t-shirt)
1 per Socks for Sunday
Shorts & tee-shirts (boys & girls)
(No candy or gum!)

School Supplies:  Pencils (limit 4), paper, 5 crayons, colored pencils, small pencil sharpeners, etc.

Little Girls:  Barrettes, ribbons, bows, headbands, scrunchies, ponytail holders, etc.  All liquids should be in a zip lock bag.  If you are doing one for a girl, age 9 or older, it is important to include a small training bra (Size 28 or 30) and blouse.
You may print one or more of the following quotations in Spanish on the boxes.

I (He) came in a lowly stable.
El Señor vino en un humilde establo.

Let the little children come unto me. shoeboxes2
Dejad que los niños vengan a mí.

Wise men search for Him.
Hombres sabios lo buscaron.

Angels announced his birth.
Los ángeles anunciaron su nacimiento.  
Prophets told of His birth.                                       
Profetas dijeron de su nacimiento.

The shepherds came to know the Savior.      
Los pastores vinieron a conocer a el Salvador.

King of all kings.                      Rey de todos los reyes.

A loving God.                           Un Dios amoroso.

A Savior is born.                      Ha nacido el Salvador.
  Please try to fill each shoe box. Do NOT overfill! If one is bulging at the top, we cannot get them in the case. It is that close. An under filled box means one child will only get one or two things, while his/her brother/sister gets a full box. This can cause unhappiness in the home.

  Printed on the boxes are (1) the manifest form. Please fill out with a Sharpie magic marker indicating whether it is for a boy or girl and their age. It needs to list what you have in the box. In addition, (2) the Customs Declaration form needs to be filled out. Feel free to decorate the outside of the boxes, but DO NOT cover up the Custom forms on both sides of the box. You can tape the front of old Christmas cards on the ends, top and bottom of the boxes. Please close with tape, do NOT interweave the top or bottom of the box.

  Please make a check out to Central for $5 (or one check for all your group’s boxes is even better) and put “Shoeboxes” in the note area, or mail a check payable to “Christmas Shoe Box Ministry” for $5 OR one check for your whole group to: U.M. Disaster Relief Warehouse, P.O. Box 1133, Decatur, Al  35602. $2.50 of the $5.00 helps get it to the missionary and the other $2.50 helps the missionary pay the cost of getting it to the neediest children.

DEADLINE to return the filled boxes to Central: Sunday, October 1. Thank you!  
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Sunday, 08 July 2018

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