Even though National Collection Week has come and gone for Operation Christmas Child, a spokeswoman for Samaritan’s Purse says it's not too late to share the joy of the holidays with a child in need.
While doing their Christmas shopping online, individuals can also take part in the world's largest Christmas project of its kind: Operation Christmas Child. A project of Samaritan's Purse, OCC uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world.
Stacey Gotwald of Samaritan's Purse explains that people can build a box online.
"You can actually choose a number of gifts that you can pack into your shoebox virtually,” she says. “You can pick toys, school supplies, hygiene items. And you can also – what's really neat about this – you can upload a note, write a note to a child, personalize it, even upload a photo. So it's really like your packing your own shoebox, but you are doing it online.”
In addition, Gotwald explains that anyone can make a gift in someone's honor. "Or you can also challenge your friends to pack a certain number of gifts; you want to set a goal for your friends or your family,” she adds.
“Maybe this is what you decide to do for Christmas instead of buying each other gifts – give to children who may have never received a gift before. You can set a challenge page online."
Operation Christmas Child’s goal by the end of the year is to reach 11 million children worldwide.