Operation Christmas Child ~ Samaritan’s Purse

November 12, 2012 • Pondering Life, Religion • Views: 2977

“Samaritan’s Purse Canada is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970” ~ From the website.

Dr. Bob Pierce founded Samaritan’s Purse in 1970. They partner with supporters in Canada and with local organizations (mainly churches) abroad to provide assistance to anyone in need, regardless of religion, race, gender or socio-economic standing. Their programs provide desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. They offer food, water, and temporary shelter, meeting critical needs and giving people a chance to rebuild their lives. Their “Operation Christmas Child,” shoebox, program provides joy and gifts to children living in poverty all over the world.

“Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the message of God’s unconditional love.”~ From the website.

Operation Christmas Child began in 1990. In 1993, it grew and was adopted by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization run by Franklin Graham. To date, over 94 million boxes have been collected/distributed worldwide. Each box is filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and candy. Many of the children receiving boxes are receiving the first gift they’ve ever gotten.

Mom and I took a few hours one afternoon and headed out to fill our boxes. She chose a girl, I chose a boy. We had the most enjoyment of any shopping trip, looking for just the right things to send. My mother, aunt and cousin have been involved in the shoebox gifts for several years. This is the first year I’ve been involved, but it will be the first of many. This is the most important gift I will buy this year. I can’t explain the elation I felt after packing and re-packing the box so that everything fit perfectly! It doesn’t have to be a costly gift, many inexpensive items, ie. Socks, underwear, books, pencils can be purchased at your local discount store. This is a project you can do with your kids or on your own.

There is still time for you to be a modern-day Good Samaritan! I promise, you will experience a joy like no other, while imagining your boy or girl receiving your gifts!

For information on what to include in your gift you can watch the videos below and also go to the official website for all the information you need and a drop off location in your area: Operation Christmas Child

The 2012 National Collection Week is November 19-25.

Who are Samaritan’s Purse?

Where do your gifts go?

How do you pack a box?

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One Response to Operation Christmas Child ~ Samaritan’s Purse

  1. Noelle says:

    Love it. I agree, it’s the most rewarding and fulfilling thing to do., I haven’t personally done “Operation Christmas Child” but have helped with the elementary schools when they did so. But for the last four or five years I’ve supplied medical supplies, bought two hens and a rooster (my first year with World Vision), provided art supplies for a school and music as well….all through World Vision. What I loved the most was including the kiddos. They would pick out a thing or two that meant the most to them and we do this as a family unit. It’s the greatest feeling in the world knowing you’re making a difference in someone else life or family. At least saying …we care about you. Thanks Pam…. I would love to participate in “Operation Christmas Child”.

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