As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Southwest MS families are expressing their gratitude by giving back. Residents are filling shoe boxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.
During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week Nov. 12 – 19, local residents will collect shoe box gifts at numerous drop-off locations across our region. The Samaritan’s Purse project, partnering with churches worldwide, will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The Southwest MS Area Team volunteers hope to collect more than 22,500 gifts during the week.
“We believe these simple gifts have the ability to send a tangible message of hope to children facing difficult circumstances,” said Summit volunteer Lola Holifield. “It is exciting to see the Southwest MS community come together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls around the world.”
Southwest MS residents are not alone in their effort to help children around the world. More than 150,000 U.S. volunteers including families, churches and other groups are joining forces to contribute to the largest Christmas project of its kind. In 2018, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts to reach 11 million children, with 22,500 coming from the Southwest MS area.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call Lola Holifield, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoe box gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoe box by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
November 12th through the 19th is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoe box Gifts
by Elise Parker
on November 14, 2018, 1:08 pm