This year’s National Collection week for gift-filled shoe gift boxes is Nov. 18-25.
Each year, Operation Christmas Child encourages people to fill shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items and drop them off at local collection points in November. The shoe box gifts are then hand-delivered to children in need in more than 100 countries. For many of these kids, the shoe box is the first gift they have ever received.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in more than 130 countries.
“We are so excited to be celebrating the 100 million children who have experienced the power of a simple gift through Operation Christmas Child,” said Randy Riddle, director of Operation Christmas Child U.S.
Shoe boxes are collected throughout the year at Samaritan’s Purse’s headquarters in Boone, N.C., but a 2013 list of drop off locations will be available at the following website as of Oct. 4 http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/
The Orlando event featured musicians Michael W. Smith, Matthew West, and Ricky Skaggs, along with Dennis Agajanian, the Tommy Coomes Band, and the African Children’s Choir.
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