It's that time of year again to begin stuffing shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child project.
Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, is a favorite of many families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
Spokeswoman Stacey Gotwald tells OneNewsNow that Operation Christmas Child has set a new goal for this year's distribution.
"Last year Operation Christmas Child collected some 8 million shoe box gifts right here in the United States, and a total 10.4 million shoe box gifts worldwide,” she says. “This year our goal is 8.6 million from the United States and 11 million worldwide. So we're hoping to reach 11 million children, which is a huge goal that prayerfully we will reach with your support so we can reach these children with the love of Christ."
The national collection week for the shoe boxes that have been prepared is November 16-23.
"That is when all the drop off locations around the country will be open to collect shoe box gifts,” Gotwald explains. “We have about 4,000 drop off locations that will be open. You can go online to our website samaritanspurse.org/occ, type in your zip code, and find the drop off location closest to you."
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoe boxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories.