Operation Christmas Child: National Collection Week Will Be Held November 14-21
It’s not too late to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Nearly 5,000 drop-off locations will be open from November 14- 21 to collect packed shoeboxes for children overseas. Samaritan’s Purse will then distribute these shoeboxes in nearly one hundred countries.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has sent over 135 million shoeboxes to children in need across the globe. This year, they hope to collect 12 million shoeboxes.
“A global movement begins this week across the US and seven other sending countries...millions are focused on making a difference in the lives of children facing difficult circumstances,” said Operation Christmas Child Domestic Director Randy Riddle in a statement. “What a joy to be a part of something bigger than ourselves like Operation Christmas Child. Giving such simple gifts like those found in shoeboxes mean the world to the neediest children and it’s something we can all do.”
For some of these children, it's the first gift they have ever received. However, it's not just about the gift. It's a powerful outreach tool to reach children for Christ. Children in some countries receive a booklet explaining the Gospel to them in their own native language. The booklet is entitled "The Greatest Story."
In addition, some children are eligible to enroll in a 12-lesson Bible study course called "The Greatest Journey." For some, not only do they go through the Bible study course and find Christ, but they also grow up to teach others the same class. To date, more than 7.4 million children globally have participated in the program.
Franklin Graham, who currently serves as the President of Samaritan's Purse, also urged senders to include a personalized note in their shoeboxes. "I want the children of the world to know that God loves them...that he cares for them," he said.
(Photo Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.)