Help Us Help Kids With Operation Christmas Child in North Carolina
Here’s hoping you’re having the best day ever. I might blow your mind with what I am about to say, but we are just a little over nine weeks away from Christmas Day 2023. Honestly, it blows my mind just saying those words. It might be a good idea to start planning and shopping now, don’t you agree?
For many of us, Christmas is our favorite time of the year. With cooler weather, Christmas music, decorations, and the celebration of the birth of Jesus, it’s no wonder why we love Christmas.
Let me ask, do you and your family have any annual traditions that you look forward to each Christmas? Debbie, my wife, and I kick off our holiday season during the month of October thanks to Operation Christmas Child.
Each year we take a few minutes to pack a shoebox and include useful items for a young boy or girl aged 2 to 14. Then, we drop the box off at a certain location and then it’s on its way to a child in a remote part of the world. These boxes help spread the love of Jesus to kids around the world.
You may be asking how did such a ministry ever get off the ground? Great question. A group started Operation Christmas Child in Great Britain in 1990 at the end of the Cold War. The inspiration to help was fueled by a desire to help orphans from Romania who desperately needed assistance.
Then in 1993, things really kicked into high gear when the U.K. group partnered with Pastor Franklin Graham and his non-profit Samaritan’s Purse. Today, Operation Christmas Child has delivered hundreds of millions of shoeboxes to kids in over 170 countries in some of the most remote areas on planet Earth.
Here in Cumberland County, North Carolina, the shoebox program is in full swing. This year’s goal is 22,000 shoeboxes.
How can you help? Just click here. It will take you to the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child website. Here you will find info on how to pack a shoebox, what items can and cannot go inside, etc.
Earlier, I mentioned the 2023 Cumberland County goal of 20,000 shoeboxes. Collection week for the boxes is November 13-20, 2023. The official drop-off sites will be Northwood Temple Church located at 4250 Ramsey Street in Fayetteville and Faymont Baptist Church located at 3663 Cumberland Road in Fayetteville.
Also, when you log onto the Samaritans Purse link above, you will see a locator. Just type in your zip code to find the nearest drop-off location.
One final thing. On Friday, October 20, 2023, a young man named Zach will speak at Northwood Temple Church at 9:00am. Zach grew up in Fiji and will share his incredible story about receiving a shoebox as a child and the impact it has had on his life.
Listen as WKML’s Don Chase talks with Nicole Nelson, Area Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child.