COLUMBUS — Volunteers from Columbus, Plain City and surrounding cities are celebrating the collection of 46,000 gift-filled shoeboxes that will remind children around the world they are loved and not forgotten.
The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child surpassed last year’s Columbus-area donations of 46,000 shoebox gifts, surpassing 500,000 shoeboxes collected since 2003. The Columbus Area Team is now thanking the Plain City community for their generous contributions already on their way to children in need worldwide. For many of these children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they ever receive.
Although collections have finished for the season, there is still time to pack a shoebox gift online for children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement. They can also donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.
Another way to share the gift of giving is by purchasing a $25 gift card for a family member or friend so they can join in the excitement of Operation Christmas Child by packing a shoebox online. These shoeboxes — filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys — 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 or to view gift suggestions, call 937-374-0761 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is 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 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
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