There's still time to pack a shoebox

Marie Harrington
November 16, 2017

Forest Park Baptist Church will continue to collect shoe boxes filled with goodies until November 20th and while there's still a lot of work to be done, it's worth it in the end.

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts is under way through Monday at four local churches designated as drop-off sites.

"Show God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world", said Logistics Coordinator for the Panhandle Sector of Operation Christmas Child Karen Copeland.

"I think it's just good to see how much a little thing you do can make such a difference", Pereda said.

Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990, and three years later it was adopted by Samaritan's Purse.

For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. In 2017, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach 12 million children, with 12,000 coming from the Stanislaus County California Area Team Area Team.

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"A global movement begins this week across the United States and seven other sending countries, millions are focused on making a difference in the lives of children facing hard circumstances", said Operation Christmas Child Senior Domestic Director Randy Riddle.

"We hear so many stories about the impact the boxes have. She talked about Etch-a-Sketches", said Dana Kimmel, a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child.

"They know that somebody cares and we like to convey to them that God cares too", said Copeland. "Because each kid is getting is getting [just] one Christmas present and it's the box that you donated for them". It will still get to the child this season!

Today: 11 1 p.m. and 6 8 p.m. "Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language".

"We call them the lemon cookie necklaces", said Charlene Phelps, who leads the shoebox ministry at Abingdon Baptist Church.

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