Pack a Shoebox, Jack!

by Larry Hehn on November 6, 2013

pack a shoebox jackAs part of our continuing series Things that are Excellent, we are pleased to feature Operation Christmas Child, a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse.

Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization, founded in 1970. They share God’s love by providing physical and spiritual aid to people around the globe.

Since 1993, more than 100 million children in over 130 countries have received a shoebox gift through Operation Christmas Child.

“The mission of Operation Christmas Child,” notes their website, “is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

This year Si Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame is teaming up with Operation Christmas Child to invite you to share God’s love with a needy child by packing your own shoebox gift.

The journey starts when you pack a shoebox with gifts for a young child, pray for the child who will receive it, and drop it off at one of hundreds of collection centers across the country.

The shoebox is then transported to a processing center, inspected and prepared for shipping, loaded into a sea container with thousands of other shoeboxes, and shipped overseas to the destination country by a team of volunteers.

The volunteers and local churches organize events by going into their community and inviting needy children, regardless of race, religion or gender. Every child receives a shoebox as an unconditional gift.

For some, it will be the only Christmas present they ever receive.

Would you like to share God’s love with a needy child this Christmas? Let Uncle Si show you how…

National collection week starts November 18. Help give a child a Christmas. Pack a shoebox, Jack!

Click this sentence to access the Operation Christmas Child website for more information.

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Peter Graham November 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

“Love your neighbour as you would love youreself,” that’s the number one rule, jack!

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Larry Hehn November 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

It’s on like Donkey Kong!

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Juan Cruz Jr November 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Great organization. We are collection center at our church. I would also love to work for them.

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Larry Hehn November 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Our church is a collection center too. There’s a processing center about an hour from here. Every year a bunch of people make the trek and help out at the processing center. I haven’t done that yet, but I hear it’s a great experience. Maybe this is the year!

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