I’m pretty sure that Operation Christmas Child doesn’t require an introduction but I thought the first day of November was a fitting day to highlight this Samaritan Purse endeavor since the packed boxes are due to be collected the week of November 14-20.
In case you haven’t heard of the program, it’s an opportunity to share a bit of Christmas cheer and the gospel with needy children throughout the world. Participants fill a regular size shoe box with hygiene items, school supplies and toys and the boxes are collected locally and then distributed to children (regardless of race, religion or gender) throughout the world. Canadian boxes are heading to Haiti, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Venezula, Chile, Urugay, Guinea, Senegal, Ukraine and Sierre Leone. Which is why the boxes need to be collected my mid November. You can read more about this international program here:
I’m attending a new church plant this year and I just realized that we haven’t organized an Operation Christmas Child project. Think I’ll volunteer to oversee that next year. Anyway, I was disappointed because I thought I’d missed out on this Christmas tradition but I just discovered that it’s possible to fill a Christmas box online! Perfect for me especially since I have a hard time getting around these days and shopping can be grueling. So this is a win/win for me…and maybe you. Check it out here.