157 million children across the world who suffer from poverty or disaster, have been able to enjoy opening gifts since 1993, thanks to Operation Christmas Child.
And, in its 25 years, Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan’s Purse continues to spread holiday cheer through gift giving.
Now is when Texomans can really help, because those gifts are being collected right now and will help put smiles on faces of children across the world come Christmas morning.
For 12 years Alisha Frank and Mary Ann Roach have been helping to pack and collect gift-filled shoe boxes, that will be delivered to children all over the world, some, just in time for Christmas. Now their children help.
“It’s made the Christmases more memorable at our house,” Frank said.
“This is one of the reasons that we’re here to help other children but it also gives our family the opportunity to give back and our kids can actually put their hands to something and do something as well,” Roach said.
One team leader here in Wichita Falls tells us Operation Christmas Child goes way beyond gift giving.
“It’s also an opportunity for them to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Reynolds said.
Stacey Reynolds explains the big picture.
“They are invited back to participate in a 12-week disciple course and many of them do and go on to become pastors and leaders in their communities
November 12 through the 19 is national collection week, where people across the US are dropping off their shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies or hygiene items to different drop off locations.
“When you’re at the grocery store when you’re out just pick up a few things to pack a box and bring it by,” Roach said.
This year’s goal is 11 million shoe boxes for children worldwide and it is hoped more than 10, 000 from here in Texoma.
The First Baptist Church Student Center has collected over 400 shoe boxes so far.
They are also seeking volunteers for Thursday and Monday, between 10 am and 4 pm at the First Baptist Church Student Center to help load the gifts on the trucks that will go to the distribution center in Dallas.
To find out how to donate, follow this link
For drop-off locations and hours near you, follow this link