Samaritan’s Purse announces 2011 shoebox collection and distribution details.
Operation Christmas Child is one of the most comprehensive child outreach projects in the world. For nearly two decades, children from around the world have been reached because of the love you have shown them by filling shoe boxes with gifts. These gifts eventually are collected and distributed, a process that can take many months to complete.
Since 1993, 94 million shoe boxes have been distributed to boys and girls in more than 100 countries. In addition to receiving your gifts, the children will learn about God’s love for them with many putting their trust in Jesus Christ. Indeed, entire families have come to faith in Christ as a result of these simple, yet profound demonstrations of God’s love as shown by you.
For 2011, 8,643,354 shoe box gifts were collected, representing the most ever according to Samaritan’s Purse. Eleven nations contributed gifts including the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Finland, New Zealand and Australia.
Despite a distressing economy in most of the participating nations, Christians have been pulling together to aid impoverished children elsewhere. The project has expanded in recent years as friends tell friends and neighbors tell neighbors. This past year Operation Christmas Child won the support of two well-known individuals — Greta Van Sustern of Fox and 2011 American Idol winner Scott McCreery. Van Sustern has welcomed Samaritan’s Purse chairman Franklin Graham to her television show and McCreery has continued to pack boxes just as he did since he was small.
Much of the work that is done each year, however, comes from ordinary church-goers such as you. On the local level, churches might appoint an individual to form a steering committee tasked with organizing each year’s campaign. Although the collection week lasts for eight days in November, many volunteers are at work for months in advance, with some working year ’round. Indeed, volunteers are active in building community relations including working with churches and civic organizations, connecting with the media and through prayer mobilization.
Samaritan’s Purse has set this year’s Operation Christmas Child collection week as November 12-19, 2012, in the United States. Different dates are set for Canada and elsewhere. This year, Samaritan’s Purse expects the cumulative total to eclipse 100 million shoe box gifts with donors, volunteers and churches working to reach even more children than ever before.
By the way, if you missed last year’s campaign, no worries — shoe boxes can be packed, collected and shipped at anytime. Please click on the banner for more information.
Source: Samaritan’s Purse
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