The coronavirus is not stopping Samaritan's Purse from collecting and distributing Christmas gifts to children throughout the world.
Franklin Graham recently told American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program he does not believe people should be thinking of cutting back or doing less after this "pandemic year."
"I think when there is a pandemic or crisis, we do more, not less," he insisted. "And that's what we're doing at Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child."
The Operation Christmas Child ministry began 27 years ago during the war in Bosnia. Samaritan's Purse collected and distributed gifts to children in refugee camps to let them know that they were loved and not forgotten.
"As a result of that, we realized there was a great need to tell people about God and his son, Jesus Christ," said Graham. "So, a few years later, we just turned this into an evangelistic program. And every box that is packed, we ask people to pray for the child that's going to get the box."
This year, Samaritan's Purse anticipates collecting 11 million boxes.
"That's 11 million people praying for the children," said Graham. "We go to about 130 countries with these boxes, and we go in Jesus' name, and we make every effort we can to tell the children of the world that God loves them and cares for them, and Jesus Christ is His son."
The total number of boxes distributed since the beginning of Operation Christmas Child is nearing 200 million.
"We work with churches, as that is the key," said Graham. "You have to have a distribution system, and that system is churches around the world."