Operation Christmas Child kicks off shoebox campaign
The local Operation Christmas Child organizers kicked off the 2017 shoebox campaign with a workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Calvary Baptist Church.
Participants were offered suggestions on how to pack shoeboxes with toys and hygiene items that will be delivered to underprivileged children around the globe.
Autumn Hanline, OCC Regional Manager for the Carolinas, spoke to the workshop participants and a video was shown of a girl who received an OCC shoebox as a child and shared what it meant to her.
A few changes were announced that will help the boxes get through customs faster:
Toothpaste, candy and gum are no longer allowed in shoeboxes due to customs regulations. Toothbrushes are still accepted.
The suggested donation is now $9 instead of $7. This helps to pay for shipping as well as the Greatest Journey book for the child and several other things.
Operation Christmas Child is administered by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
Calvary Baptist Church serves as the Central Collection Center for the shoeboxes to be collected during National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20. Collection hours are:Monday–Friday 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help at the Central Collection Center to help pack the cartons that are packed on the truck. Men, women, teenagers and children under 13 with a parent, are welcomed to come and help. A training will be held in the chapel at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 p,m. For more information call Louanne Stewart at 843-662-5921.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child, go to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.