Fill a Shoebox with Love November 15-22 for Operation Christmas Child | Local
While Christmas is not yet a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to participate in Operation Christmas Child.
During National Collection Week, November 15-22, shoe boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys will be collected from nearly 5,000 drop-off locations in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico. Locally, shoebox gifts can be dropped off at Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. See the box for timetables.
Since its inception in 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the largest Christmas project of its kind in the world, has collected and distributed more than 188 million shoe boxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories. In 2021, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach an additional 9.7 million children.
Sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham, Operation Christmas Child’s mission is to demonstrate God’s love in tangible ways to children in need around the world and, with the local church around the world, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Everyone – individuals, families and groups – still has time to turn empty shoe boxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches around the world to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love. Find a step-by-step guide on how to pack a shoebox at tinyurl.com/3mb3napw.
Items that should not be included are candy; toothpaste; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; seeds; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; drugs or vitamins; breakable items, such as snow globes or glass containers; or spray cans.
No time to pack a shoebox? Okay, you can donate $ 9 per shoebox online through Follow Your Box and receive a tracking tag to find out its destination.
Participants who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts appropriate for a child’s age and gender, then finish wrapping the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and sticker. personal note of encouragement.
From Maplewood Academy and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, shoe boxes are being prepared for shipping overseas to eight major processing centers in the United States: Atlanta; Baltimore / Washington; Boone, North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas / Fort Worth; Denver; Chicago; and Fullerton, California.
Shoebox gifts are collected in the United States, as well as in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Nearly 575,000 volunteers worldwide – including more than 270,000 in the United States – are involved in the collection, shipping and distribution of shoebox gifts.
“In the midst of the pandemic, children around the world need to know that God loves them and that there is hope,” Graham said. “A simple shoebox gift opens the door to sharing the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”
– Kay Johnson contributed to this story.