Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children's project of Samaritan's Purse that uses simple, gift-filled shoeboxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God's love through shoeboxes filled with gifts. These shoeboxes open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ by working in and through local churches where possible, offering children's literature and through culturally appropriate evangelistic and follow-up programs. Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham, eldest son of Dr. Billy Graham. Samaritan's Purse adopted Operation Christmas Child in 1993 and has collected and distributed over 100 million shoebox gifts for needy children in more than 130 countries and territories.
Millions worldwide. Generous kids, families, businesses and organizations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and in 10 additional countries will fill millions of shoeboxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, family photos and notes of encouragement to needy children. One of the great things about Operation Christmas Child is its emphasis on kids helping kids. This project provides a simple, tangible way for children and teenagers to join adults in sharing the joy of giving to children around the world at Christmas.
In 2014, Operation Christmas Child will reach close to 10 Million children in more than 100 countries on six continents, including Haiti, Kenya, India, the Philippines, Ecuador, and Ukraine.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to "follow your box" to the destination country where it will be delivered to a child in need. To register shoebox gifts and find out to which country they are delivered, use the Follow Your Box form found at http://www.samaritanspurse.org
By land, air, and sea. After they are collected at more than 4,500 drop-off locations, shoebox gifts are prepared for overseas shipment in eight major centers across the United States. The shoebox gifts are then loaded onto trucks, sea containers, and sometimes even the world's largest cargo planes bound for the far corners of the earth. Once the gifts are transported to countries around the world, Samritan's Purse teams and partners distribute them by bus, train, helicopter, elephant, mule, and even dog sled.
Did you Know?
U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have all packed Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for children in need.
FBC Anguilla is proud to serve as one of 3,000 Relay Centers worldwide.
COLLECTION WEEK IS NOVEMBER 13th - 20st.
Mon, Nov. 13: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 14: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 15: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Thu, Nov. 16: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 17: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 19: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
If you are interested in being a collection center volunteer, contact Kristin Evans at 662-873-1503 or firstname.lastname@example.org