With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Kearney families, businesses,schools and churches are putting their gratitude in action and celebratingtheir blessings by giving back. Through Operation Christmas Child, locals arejoining millions of people across the U.S. to fill empty shoe boxes with toys,school supplies and necessity items for impoverished children around the world.
In2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone--collecting anddelivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since theproject began in 1993. Kearney residents hope to contribute 8,600 shoe boxgifts to this year's global collection goal of 9 million gift-filled shoeboxes in order to help surpass the 100-millionth milestone.
November12-19, packed gifts will be dropped off at a Kearney or Grand Island collectionsite. Once dropped off, the shoe boxes are processed, prepared and transportedto suffering children in more than 100 countries using whatever meansnecessary--trains, airplanes, boats, elephants, bikes and even dog sleds--to getthe shoe boxes into the hands of needy kids.
OperationChristmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelismorganization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world'slargest Christmas project of its kind. Through the power of a simplegift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they areloved and not forgotten. For many of these children, the shoe box giftwill be the first gift they've ever received.
By using special tracking technology,participants can "follow" their shoe box and discover the country in whichtheir gift will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register your shoe boxgift, use the "Follow Your Box" form online.
Anyonecan participate in Operation Christmas Child. Thetime to pack a shoe box gift is now! For more information on how to participatein Operation Christmas Child, or to find the nearest drop-off site, call theRegional Office at (913) 831-4466 or visit www.SamaritansPurse.org/OCC.