Reach out to children through Operation Christmas Child

Oh, but every single time
Somebody reaches into the darkness
Makes a choice to help the helpless
They let mercy save a life
And there’s one less
One less
One less broken heart in the world tonight Michael West

If you haven’t already prepared your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, you have about a month left to do so. The deadline for turning them in is Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, is a great outreach to children all over the world. Each shoebox makes Christmas special for a child — perhaps the only gift he or she will receive for Christmas. Even more important, however, the child also receives the good news of God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. See the Operation Christmas Child website for more information about the program, including a video testimony by singer/songwriter Michael West.

You can use any standard-size shoebox or a plastic container of about the same size, filling it with items such as toys, school supplies and hygiene supplies. Wrapping the box in colorful Christmas paper (with the lid wrapped separately) is nice, but is not required. Turn in the filled box with a form indicating whether it’s for a boy or girl and the age range (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14) with $7 to cover shipping and other project costs. This PDF form contains more information and a label that you can print to attach to the box to indicate the appropriate gender and age group.

You can also help by volunteering to prepare shoeboxes for shipment. Once again this year, Temple Baptist Church will be a Regional Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers will process shoeboxes and pack them into cartons for shipping. Help will be needed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14-19 and 2-6 p.m. Nov. 20. If you can help, call Sally Hearn in the Church Office (255-3745).

About Eddie Blick

I am a retired journalism teacher and a member of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La. This blog is one of several that I created as outlets for my interests.
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