First Southern Baptist collecting Christmas gift boxes

First Southern Baptist collecting Christmas gift boxes

"It's exciting to think of the impact our efforts will have in the life of each child who receives a shoebox", said OCC regional director Shelli Wishard.

Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990, and three years later it was adopted by Samaritan's Purse.

Adams is the Shenandoah Valley Area Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child.

"They put a note in each box and one day they finally got a large envelope from overseas and they had no idea where it was from and it was from one of the children they sent a shoe box too and they have been pen pals ever since", said Copeland. I just had to tell others what it meant to our daughter!

Operation Christmas Child kicked off in Rocky Mountain House on November 6, where local residents have the chance to focus on the true meaning of Christmas to kids who need it most.

"We feel absolutely honored to be a part of the community and to use our facilities so that people can share love with children all over the world".

They do this through an institution called Operation Christmas Child, a ministry which, according to its president and CEO Franklin Graham, was created to "let [underprivileged children] know that God loves them, that God hasn't forgotten them, and that they are special to Him". The boxes collected by Crown Heights will be shipped to Houston, Texas where they will be inspected to ensure they do not contained anything that will not clear customs. "We are doing God's work, for sure". And she expects to receive at least 4,000 this year. "But they asked us to focus on school supplies this year like scissors and pencil sharpeners and what not".

"To help kids around the world who don't get things like we do, and to give them things, that for some, are the first time", she said.

If you can't make it to a site in person, you can build a box online and Samaritan's Purse will create it for you. They don't charge us at all.

This Christmas season, for the first time, they have a place in Stockton to drop off boxes filled with children's gifts.

Individuals are welcome to drop off wrapped shoeboxes at sites throughout the area.

Throughout the eight counties that Parker-Moore serves, there are 11 drop-off locations.

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