It's full steam ahead for Operation Christmas Child, an annual
project of Samaritan's Purse.
Over the years, millions of shoe boxes have been
stuffed with items for Christmas gifts for children in Third World
countries. In fact, this year organizers are celebrating the
100-millionth box given.
The gifts contained in the boxes bless children across the
globe, some who have never had a gift before. Operation Christmas Child spokesperson Rachael
Mills tells OneNewsNow that families in the U.S. are using the
project to teach their children how to give.
"And [to] teach them what it means to have nothing -- and have
them think about If I never tasted candy before, if I never had
a stuffed animal how they would feel," Mills shares. "And so
it's just really amazing to see the compassion in these children
and how excited they get to pack these shoe box gifts and think
about and pray about the child who will receive it on the other
What a difference a gift makes
The ministry spokeswoman explains that the process is not
complicated at all.
"You just get a shoe box from your closet -- or you can go buy a
plastic container that's a shoe box size -- and fill it with toys,
school supplies, hygiene items, [then you] pick the age and gender
you want to prepare a box for and then add other items that you
think a child may like," she says. "We encourage people to write a
letter, and of course the most important ingredient is
Operation Christmas Child asks for a $7 donation to offset
transportation costs, and that contributors drop their boxes off at
specified locations by Monday, November 19. Before final shipment,
the ministry adds additional items to introduce the youngster to
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