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Operation Joy

OP Joy

Operation Joy is a ministry that seeks to provide Christmas gifts to families in need from the Woodland Hills Church community and The Lift. This partnership works with various departments of the church, including Heroes Gate, Echo, Resonate, and Care as well as The Lift in east St. Paul and Close to My Heart Preschool. Each recipient is connected to one of these ministries or organizations.

Over the past 10 years, individuals, families, small groups, businesses, and staff have provided thousands of gifts.   Last year, families in Heroes Gate provided gifts for 31 families and 12 teens from the Lift, which was the largest amount ever provided in the history of this endeavor! You and your family are a huge part of what makes this ministry so impactful!

Each ornament on the Operation Joy Christmas tree (located in the entry hall of Heroes Gate) provides details about a recipient and gift suggestions. Children receive a fun gift (teddy bear ornaments) and a needed item (mitten ornaments). Adults receive a gift card only (mitten ornament). Another opportunity is to provide a Cub gift card (circle ornaments) for a family to use towards a holiday meal together.

Once you choose an ornament, fill out a slot on the clipboard next to the display letting us know about your choice. Then go shopping for a new gift in the range of $25-$30. Put the gift in a gift bag, attach the original ornament, and drop off at the display or Heroes Gate desk before Sunday, December 14th.

This is a great opportunity for families to share God’s love in a practical way.   Everyone can participate in the process of choosing an ornament, purchasing a gift, and wrapping, so the whole family is doing ministry together!

For more information about Operation Joy, contact Patrick Showers at 651-287-2050 or