Samaritan’s Purse collects shoeboxes Nov. 12 to 19
by Anna Oakes
Through Operation Christmas Child, Watauga County
families, businesses, schools and churches join tens of thousands of people across
the U.S. to fill empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and necessity items
for impoverished children around the world.
In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a
milestone — collecting and delivering shoeboxes to more than 100 million children since the project began in 1993.
From Nov. 12 to 19, packed gifts will be dropped off at the Samaritan’s Purse Office in Boone.
Once dropped off, the shoeboxes are processed, prepared
and transported to suffering children in more than 100 countries using whatever
means necessary — trains, airplanes, boats, elephants, bikes and even dog sleds
— to get the shoeboxes into the hands of needy kids.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international
Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by
Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest
Christmas project of its kind.
By using special tracking technology, participants can
follow their shoebox and discover the country in which their gift will be
hand-delivered to a child in need. To register your shoebox gift, use the
“Follow Your Box” form online.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, or to find the nearest drop-off site, call (704) 583-1463 or visit http://www.SamaritansPurse.org/OCC.