Samaritan's Purse, a Christian organization which provides international relief to those in need, has launched Operation Chirstmas Child, a ministry effort which delivers millions of shoeboxes packed with Christmas gifts to children living in poverty worldwide, who would otherwise not receive a present for Christmas. Along with these gifts, children are given the opportunity to hear the gospel message.
For the past several weeks, local churches have collected shoeboxes packed with gifts, and November 18-25 was Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week: In local churches and other organizations nation wide, volunteers packed, collected and shipped shoeboxes to various processing centers and drop off points while volunteers all over the world prayed for the the ministry efforts and for the children who will be receiving the shoeboxes this Christmas.
While National Collection Week is over, it is not too late to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan's Purse offers the opportunity to build a shoebox online. This is an ideal option for anyone who is interested in participating but is short on time.
However, while most local churches have finished collecting shoe boxes at this point, if you would still like to pack a shoebox, you can do so and mail it to Operation Christmas Child Headquarters. Donations for this year's operation are being received through December 20th.
In addition to donating a shoebox, there are seasonal and year-round opportunities to volunteer in this effort. But one of the best ways to support Operation Christmas Child during the Christmas season is to pray for the volunteers and for the children all over the world who will be touched by this ministry. Pray that they would be blessed by the gifts they receive and that they would discover God's love for them.
Visit the Samaritan's Purse website for more information and opportunities to become involved in this ministry.