APEX Cares: Volunteer for Operation Christmas Child's Shoebox Packing Party


APEX Cares and Operation Christmas Child welcome special guest speaker Alex Nsengimana to our shoebox packing party this Saturday, November 16th. Alex Nsengimana is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide which claimed the lives of most of his extended family. He now lives in the United States and is studying to become a pastor. Alex will talk about receiving an OCC shoebox as an orphan in Rwanda and how it impacted his life.

In response to the devastation in the Philippines, Operation Christmas Child also plans to send over 520,000 shoeboxes to children in the Philippines. The West Coast region is one of the sending locations to the Philippines, so please spread the word.

Please join us at NOON this Saturday, November 16th at the LA Police Academy to hear Alex Nsengimana's amazing story, and to pack your own shoebox.

All volunteers MUST rsvp at [masked].


APEX is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a worldwide project that uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let impoverished boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten. OCC began in the U.S. in 1993 with 28,000 shoe box gifts. Since then, it has collected and hand-delivered more than 100 million shoe box gifts to needy children in more than 130 countries. OCC will use any creative method possible to deliver shoe box gifts aside from the traditional methods. Gifts have been transported by canoes, elephants, dog sleds, donkeys, horses, and camels. Children from the snowbound Himalayas to the war torn streets of Baghdad will realize the power of a simple gift that brings hope and joy. Come celebrate 20 years with OCC and APEX! Delicious refreshments and drinks will be provided.




Gift suggestions: school supplies, hygiene items, stuffed animals, toys, socks, candies, t-shirts, sunglasses, toy jewelry, a personal note, a picture of yourself or family. Please do not include used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

You may bring gifts, giftwrapping paper or gift-filled shoebox.

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Chair of Community Service Jimmy Zhong at [masked].

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  • Joy

    Hi Guys and Gals! :) Is there another event like this anytime soon? :) If anyone know, please respond! Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 16, 2013

    • Joyce

      Hi Joy, We don't have the same exact event planned anytime soon; however, the APA Toy Drive on 12/5 is also a volunteer opportunity. This one is to help sort toys that are donated by attendees.

      November 19, 2013

    • Jackie

      Joy, Operation Christmas Child is hosting its final shoebox packing party on Saturday, November 23rd from 10am to 12pm in Hollywood. Please contact Emmy at [masked] for more information.

      I would like to encourage you to sign up to volunteer for the 14th Annual APA Community Toy Drive on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 to 9:00pm in Little Tokyo. Please contact Jimmy Zhong at [masked] for more information.

      November 19, 2013

  • Joyce

    Thank you all for attending, helping out, and donating for the shoeboxes! I heard that there were 30 volunteers who packed up 60 shoeboxes! Very impressive! Hope to see you all at an event soon!

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Joyce

    Jimmy Zhong, Chair of Community Service and Jacqueline Wu, Director of Community Relations will be at this event. Please contact [masked] to RSVP. He'll be sending out reminder emails with contact information to your personal emails, so please contact him this week! Thank you!

    November 10, 2013

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