Hawthorne Gospel partners with Samaritans Purse’s Operation Christmas Child by offering its property as a regional collection site during the late Fall/Christmas season. Caring individuals fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and other items to send to boys and girls around the world who are in difficult and needy situations. There are additional opportunities year round to serve with this life-giving ministry.

This initiative collects gift-filled shoe boxes and delivers them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in desperate situations around the world.

Every day boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoe boxes filled with gifts. These shoe boxes open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ by working in and through local churches where possible, offering children’s literature and through culturally appropriate evangelistic and follow-up programs.

One of the things that makes Operation Christmas Child so special is its emphasis on kids helping kids. This project provides a simple, tangible way for children and teenagers, to join adults in sharing the joy of giving to children around the world at Christmas. Everyone can easily take part by filling one or more shoe boxes each November with a few toys and basic necessities, helping during Collection Week in November. Hawthorne Gospel Church is a church that promotes this ministry and is also a Collection Center.

During National Collection Week, this year November 13-20, volunteers will be helping in our collection center down in the Bible House Lounge greeting and packing up shoe boxes that donors will be dropping off. We are always looking for individuals who want to use their time and talents to serve on our Area Team.

Mon, Nov. 13: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM

We promote this ministry year round, working with local churches and groups. We have several fund raisers through out the year, and packing and wrapping parties. We also have been taking a team down to Charlotte, NC each year to work in the Processing Center. This year we are looking to go to the new Processing Center that opened in Baltimore.

If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry or how you can get involved,
call Fortune & Steve Mandaro at 973-248-7825 or Chad DeBoer at 973-714-0886.