Operation Christmas Child collections spread joy for givers and receivers

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – For families and churches across the country, it’s become a Christmas tradition that literally touches millions of children around the world.

The Operation Christmas Child effort is collecting gift-filled shoe boxes this week to deliver to children across the globe to help spread joy and the hope of Christianity. Under the umbrella of Samaritan’s Purse, collections will continue all week at churches throughout the region.

And the givers often find a gift of their own.

“It makes you feel warm inside the program and the grace of God that allows us to be able to do this where there’s so many that can’t is just amazing,” said Jackie Crouch of the Rowdy Girls Homemakers Club as she dropped off boxes Monday at the the First Baptist Church in Winchester.

“So this is why we do this. We want to spread the gospel  of Jesus Christ, we want to give these children a gift and show that they are loved and they are cared about,” added Sharon Brush, one of the coordinators for the Boonesboro Area collections.

It’s not too late to put together your own shoebox gift. For information on how click here and drop off points, click here.

Operation Christmas Child Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many families are already thinking about Christmas. For those who are including Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts as part of their holiday, more than 4,000 drop-off sites are now open.

Shoebox gifts prepared by generous donors and filled with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, Nov. 16 ­– 23.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project everyone can still be part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. There’s still time for individuals, families, and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the How to Pack a Shoebox webpage.

“This season, children around the world need a tangible reminder that there is hope and that God loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Through these shoebox gifts packed with special items, children also receive the opportunity to hear about the eternal hope found in Jesus Christ.”

Individuals and families making plans to visit a drop-off location in their area can learn more about what to expect in this year’s curbside drop-off experience on the organization’s Important COVID-19 Updates webpage. Participants can find the nearest drop-off location and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts. The online lookup tool is searchable by city or ZIP code. Signs at each location will identify the curbside drop off.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, seeks 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 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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