Unity is collection site for Christmas boxes

Kristopher Drake
November 16, 2017

Once all the boxes are packed up, they'll be shipped off to 150 different countries around the world.

"Our word for this season of collection is 'believe, '" said Penny Huffman, Operation Christmas Child coordinator for the church.

"We do it to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way", Claire Huerta said, media relations associate at Samaritan's Purse.

Monday is the first day of Shoebox drop-off for Operation Christmas Child.

Each box is labeled for either a boy or a girl, with an age range clearly noted - child ages 2-4, child ages 5-9 or a child ages 10-14. This year Samaritan Purse's goal is to reach 12 million children with shoebox gifts.

Last year, more than 11,400 boxes were collected in Bladen County, adding to the more than 11 million collected throughout the world.

Each shoe box is filled with toys and some essentials like bars of soap and toothbrushes.

Anyone who would like to pack a box, visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ for information on how to pack the box. "We believe that God knows the child you are packing for".


Among the gifts, large and small, each shoebox includes a piece of Christian literature in the language of the recipient - whether in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America or elsewhere.

For those looking to get involved with Operation Christmas Child, Parker-Moore said the time is now as National Collection Week runs Monday, Nov. 13, through Monday, Nov. 20.

Today: 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.to 8 p.m.

She says getting to help children is a blessing.

The Bridge Wesleyan Church is one of ten local sites where donors can drop them off. Donors can fill any old shoebox with things like school supplies, stuffed animals, and hygiene products.

Items are for children and boxes should be age-based and for one child.

Klosterbuer and Hayenga have each met refugees that now live in Worthington who received an Operation Christmas Child box of gifts when they were children.

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