They're on the way!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Operation Christmas Child processing centerVolunteers with Operation Christmas Child are putting the finishing touches on millions of gift shoeboxes before sending them on their way to children around the world. 

Operation Christmas Child – an outreach of Samaritan's Purse – operates eight processing centers across the U.S. Both paid and volunteer staff work between mid-November and mid-December to inspect and process the gift boxes for international shipping. After being inspected and processed, the boxes – filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items – will make their way to children all over the world.

Operation Christmas Child's Dana Williams says depending on how far they must travel, some of the gifts will actually be delivered by Christmas. "Primarily those in Central or South America or Eastern Europe – that's where we'll see most often they're able to be delivered by Christmas," she explains.

Operation Christmas ChildOthers take much longer, she adds. "Once they land in the countries, some gifts have to make their way into some rural areas, sometimes by way of some very poor roads," she tells OneNewsNow.

And even though it may be spring before some of the presents arrive, she shares that "once these shoebox gifts are delivered into the hands of these children it's Christmas – it's Christmas! And just the smiles and the joy on their faces, it's amazing."

In addition, the shoebox gifts are given to children through local churches with an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ and God's love. Officials with Samaritan's Purse are prayerfully hoping for nine-million boxes to be collected from the United States alone.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

The number one reason I predict President Trump will be re-elected is…

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges
Trump stays on the campaign trail; Biden in his bunker
  Massive COVID shutdowns taking toll on urban America
Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film
Young teens arrested in French Islamic terrorist attack

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Pollster who predicted 2016 result says Trump on track to win again with help of 'hidden' support
Black Lives Matter supporter arrested for allegedly firing shotgun at Trump supporters
Christian colleges invite non-Christians to help develop Christian curriculum
Why big media will never report on Hunter Biden’s emails
San Diego school district to overhaul traditional grading system to fight racism or something

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
A good time to share the Good News

Bible 1An evangelical leader says the Christmas season provides a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel.