U.S. Volunteers Exceed Goal of Collecting Christmas Gifts for 12 Million Children

U.S. volunteers have collected enough gift-filled shoeboxes to reach more than 12 million children in need through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, but they are not resting on their success. Although local drop-off locations have closed for the season, there is still time to remind children overseas that God loves them.

U.S. Volunteers Exceed Goal of Collecting Christmas Gifts for 12 Million Children

Donors can still participate in Operation Christmas Child by packing a gift-filled shoebox online for children suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, terror, disease and famine. Like online shopping, visitors can browse samaritanspurse.org/occ to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish by uploading a photo and writing a note of encouragement to be included in the shoebox they build online. They can also follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered.

Using special tracking technology, participants can discover where in the world their gifts will be delivered to children in need. Boxes can be registered at samaritanspurse.org. (photo: Malawi) - U.S. Volunteers Exceed Goal of Collecting Christmas Gifts for 12 Million Children
Using special tracking technology, participants can discover where in the world their gifts will be delivered to children in need. Boxes can be registered at samaritanspurse.org. (photo: Malawi)

Participants can also challenge others to pack boxes online with them or use a shoebox gift card to share the opportunity with friends and family. These shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement—are delivered to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries around the world.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Last years goal was exceeded too!

Press Release & photo from DeMoss.

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