We Pack, You Ship

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p33_operationchristmaschild_JordynMcNeal-420x280When Jordyn set out to fill 1,000 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and to make an effort to have another 4,000 shoeboxes filled via her Youth Challenge, we did not anticipate the response. We have been overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the love Samaritan’s Purse has for children all over the world. This year we have been allowed to peek behind the scenes a bit, meet some new friends who work at Samaritan’s Purse, and will soon be traveling with Samaritan’s Purse for Jordyn to speak at some Operation Christmas Child events. We are in awe of what God is doing and how He is leading the charge.

God has been providing abundantly and beyond our dreams by way of donations. We have been partnering with a local Discount Warehouse who has been so gracious in their pricing for us to maximize every single cent being donated for this Love Project. Their generosity is filling these boxes. We also have churches who have supported this endeavor, along with local dentist offices (toothbrushes and toothpaste), restaurants (kid cups), hotels (bars of soap), local businesses donating school supplies, and friends helping to make loom bracelets, one for each shoebox gift.





Jordyn’s original goal was to make 1,000 shoebox gifts. Well, because of the awesomeness of people (did you see our family room before some of our items were organized?), we are trusting God to fill 1,200 boxes at our Packing Party. This is where we would love for YOU to come alongside us! With the increase in numbers, we would still love to supply Samaritan’s Purse with the $7 donation per shoebox to cover shipping expenses and a 12 week Bible Study in the language of the child who receives the gift.

We are looking for friends to come alongside us and donate $7.00 to Samaritan’s Purse website via this link to track your shoebox. A special label will be emailed to you to track the shoebox gift we will make to the country where it will be given to a little girl or boy. Then, we will need you to email us your special label at love@faithlikeachild.org. We will print off your label and attach it to one of the shoeboxes we make. When the shoebox arrives in it’s country YOU will receive an email that the shoebox gift was received, with additional information on the country where the gift was given.

We appreciate ALL God is doing and pray that He will use these shoebox gifts to, as Jordyn would say, “glue smiles on the kid’s faces!”

If you will partner with us in this endeavor, please go HERE to donate directly to Samaritan’s Purse. Then, be sure to email us your tracking label! Thanks so much friends!


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LiberiaWe have heard from a lot of people that they would love to pack a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child, but their church is not participating in this program and they do not know what to do. Friends, if you are in this boat, we have a solution for you, and would love for you to join us!

In addition to the Youth Group Challenge, Jordyn is also packing her own shoeboxes and we’d love to invite you to create a Best Friend Box following these 6 steps:

  1. Find a standard size shoebox or plastic box with lid. If you wrap the shoebox, please wrap the box and lid separately.
  2. Choose whether you will pack the box for a boy or girl and their age group.
  3. Print off Label below and tape to the lid of your box.
  4. Fill the shoebox with gifts (see our list of 100 items to put into a shoebox gift).
  5. Include a $7 donation per shoebox to help cover shipping costs. If you do this donation online, you can even track your box with a special label and will receive an email when your gift arrives at it’s destination.
  6. Drop it off at one of the OCC Hubs nearest you. Check out this link to find a drop off location nearest you!


You can also check out this link for more detailed information of how to pack your own Shoebox Gift.

If you plan to participate in this #BestFriendBox Program, we’d love to hear from you on our Facebook Page. Drop us a note and let us know where you are from and how many boxes you are packing! Then, after your shoebox is packed, please post a picture of you and your gifts to our page, Faith Like a Child, Inc with the hashtag #BestFriendBox. We’d love to be able to track where the Best Friend Boxes are coming from!

What would you pack in this box for your best friend?

Jordyn’s Shoebox Guessing Game Challenge

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Hi friends,

There are so many great things you can put in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ideas. For the next 30 Days, I will be taking a closeup picture of an item you can put in a box. I want you to try and guess what it is. Maybe if you can’t figure it out, ask your kids to help you.

Here is the first one. What do you think it is?

JSC Day1

Please join me on my Facebook Page to play this game with me. I will be packing four very special boxes this year and will choose one person who takes a guess on my Facebook page each week to be a part of these special boxes. I will pack the box in their honor and will add a special tracking label to the box where the winners will receive an email of where their box went to after it has been delivered. The first winner will be announced on October 9th.

How to Pack a Girl’s OCC Shoebox

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Hi friends, this is Jordyn. Here is my top 10 list for packing a great shoebox for a girl for Operation Christmas Child.

Jordyn's Top 10 Girl

  1. A cuddly toy – I really like cuddly toys, so I think a girl would like this too.
  2. Toothbrush – I think a toothbrush is good because it will help keep their teeth clean.
  3. Toothpaste – I think toothpaste is also good for the same reason.
  4. Hairbrush/Comb – I would add a hairbrush or comb to help them keep their hair untangled.
  5. Soap – I think soap is important to help them get clean when they take a shower.
  6. Bracelet – This is one of my favorites. I would add a bracelet to remind them that people care about them.
  7. Notebook – I think a notebook would be good so they could write down some stuff they are thinking about.
  8. Pens or Pencils – Pens and pencils will help them write and draw.
  9. A T-Shirt – I would want to make sure they have something new and clean to wear.
  10. A Handwritten Note – I think a note would mean a lot to them and help them know Jesus loves them.

Remember, after you have filled your shoebox to print one of these labels out. Cut it down to size and check the correct box so that OCC knows who the gift is for.


Jordyn is hoping to encourage kids all over the country to pack a shoebox. If you are interested in more info, check out Jordyn’s Youth Challenge for Operation Christmas Child!

Care Packages Complete

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This past Saturday, 35 volunteers gathered at our church to help us fill the care packages for the homeless. It was AMAZING!!

Here are some pics of our BIG DAY!!! Over 1500 bags were packed with 30,000 donated items and brought to the Firehouse Shelter, Jessie’s Place, and Leeds Outreach.


Firehouse Shelter

Thank you to every person and business who donated and helped us get these packages together. We appreciate YOU and your help so much!

Care Package Update

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DSC_3421As of TODAY, we have collected over 17,000 items to fill the care packages for the homeless!! (Check out this page to see our progress!!)

Our project has had some twists and turns along the way and the focus has been redirected a little bit.

We will be filling 1,000 care packages for the homeless to give to the Firehouse Shelter in downtown Birmingham, AL. And, we will also be donating thousands of supplies to the Leeds Outreach. Both of these ministries work with people who fit the original intent of this project and we are very excited to partner with them to reach more people.

DSC_3417We are still collecting items all week long and are in need of T-Shirts, toothpaste, bottles of water, bars of soap, and socks. We have set up a YouCaring fundraising site if you are able to donate towards this cause. Above all else, please continue to pray for this Love Project and for those who will receive these care packages! We appreciate all of your love and support. If you’d like to receive more updates on what we are doing, please connect with us on Facebook!

Bracelets for Nepal

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Hi friends, this is Jordyn.

A couple weeks ago, there was an earthquake in Nepal. I first heard about Nepal because Miss Jill went on a missions trip there last year. When I heard about the earthquake, I found out that many people died and many people lost everything they had. If I lost everything I had, I would feel super sad and want someone to help me. If you lost everything you had, how would you feel?

I wanted to go to Nepal and bring some of of my toys, some food, and some blankets to help them. But, I’m not really able to do that. So, I decided to raise money for Nepal so the people can eat and sleep better, and so they can start over. I would like to raise $5,000 to help. I want to help Samaritan’s Purse where I did my Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Love Project and also dōTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation because both groups are collecting water, food, shelter, and supplies to help the people of Nepal. dōTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation is also matching every $1.00 raised between now and the end of May. Isn’t that awesome?

Will you please help us by donating some money? I will be making 50 bracelets that I will be giving to the first 50 people who donate at least $20. Thank you so much friends.

Love, Jordyn

1550NP-B-134-764x460**All donations are tax-deductible through the Faith Like a Child Non-Profit Organization (501c3). If you would like to send a gift of love, please click on the Paypal button on the right.