Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week this year starts on Monday, November 17, and concludes Monday, November 24.
Each year, individuals, families, churches, and groups lovingly pack millions of shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. With toys, school supplies, or hygiene items, the giver seeks to pack their shoebox with as much fun and blessing as it will hold. Before closing the lid, the giver can include a note and photograph for the recipient.
After being taken to local drop-off sites during National Collection Week, the shoeboxes are then delivered to regional processing centers where volunteers prepare them for their trip overseas.
Hundreds or thousands of miles later, the boxes clear customs, entering the care of Samaritan’s Purse ministry partners who plan distribution events at churches and other locations.
In the hands of ministry partners, the shoeboxes become tools to tell children about God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ, and lives are changed for eternity.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 113 million shoeboxes in more than 150 countries.
This year, the goal is to collect 10 million shoebox gifts.
For more information, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
You can also sign up to pray for the effort here: bit.ly/OCCcalltoprayer
By NRB Staff
Published: November 13, 2014