Church To Collect Shoeboxes Of Gifts
Santa Clarita hopes to collect 2,200 gift-filled shoe boxes
Nov. 17-24 for world’s largest Christmas project.
Local volunteers are collecting simple shoe box gifts
personally packed by children, families, and individuals here in Santa Clarita.
From Santa Clarita, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using
whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes,
helicopters, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around
“We are excited to see how God will use people of all ages
in our community to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations all
around the world through these gift-filled shoe boxes,” said April
Larsen, Santa Clarita relay center coordinator for Operation Christmas Child.
LOCAL COLLECTION SITE:
Times: Nov. 17-20 By
Right now you can join the effort to help the world’s
largest Christmas project hand-deliver some 8 million gift-filled shoe boxes to
children in more than 90 countries suffering from natural disaster, war,
terrorism, disease, famine, and poverty.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED:
PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops,
community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for
needy children worldwide.
PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys,
necessity items, candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box
packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.
PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers
at a collection site in Santa Clarita as part of the effort to prepare millions
of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of
international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse headed by
Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 61 million gift-filled shoe boxes to
needy children in some 130 countries.
For more information on how to participate in Operation
Christmas Child, call (714) 432-7030 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. National
Collection Week is Nov. 17-24.