Operation Christmas Child
This year we once again participated in Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC is an affiliate of Samaritan’s Purse® that distributes small gifts, toiletries, and the love of Jesus all in a shoebox. Since 1993, OCC has sent more than 100 million shoeboxes filled with dolls, stuffed animals, toys, flashlights, socks, toothpaste, soap, etc. to needy children in more than 130 countries.
After receiving their shoebox, children can be enrolled in a 12 lesson discipleship program called The Greatest Journey. This program not only introduces the children to salvation in Jesus but encourages them to continue to be faithful followers of Christ.
This year we once again had a “packing party” at the church and assembled 300 boxes. After collecting more boxes at the House of Prayer, picking up boxes from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, Horizon Healthcare, and various individuals, we were pleased to take 915 boxes to our local drop-off location for distribution.