Church packs over 1,200 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | November 29, 2019 6:03 am
By Rachel Auberger
Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church packed 1,218 shoeboxes full of gifts to be delivered to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child, whose mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities and sharing the gospel with them, is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Through this project, simple gifts are collected and packed into shoeboxes and then taken to a distribution center. These boxes are then shipped outside of the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease in 166 countries and territories around the world.
While gifts are collected and boxes are packed in November, Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church has made this a year-round project for their congregation. According to Cindy Carp, one of the church’s organizers for this project, they announce an “item of the month,” and church members are eager to donate. Carp says that by having a different item each month, all year long, people are able to participate in giving when and how they can.
On Nov. 23, members of the church transported 1,218 shoeboxes packed full of small gifts to the Baptist Union Association, in Sparta, where the boxes would begin their journey to South America, Africa, Russia, and other hard-to-reach areas of the world. Children will begin receiving these gifts of love, along with the opportunity to participate in a 12-week program that will enhance the project’s mission by teaching the children about Jesus Christ, in late December.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 168 million children in more than 100 countries, and Carp said that Hampton’s Crossroads Baptist Church is happy to be a part of that mission.