Collecting for Operation Christmas Child in full swing

By Keith Boles - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A world wide program sends millions of shoe boxes loaded with gifts to kids in need around the world. It's not too late for you to get involved.

A huge pile of brightly wrapped shoe boxes sits on the floor at the Cathedral Baptists Church family life center. In just a few weeks these packages will be going out all over the world.

Volunteer Tammy Grannan said these boxes are more than just presents. "The purpose was to give a gift so not only gives a child a toy to play with but also shows them the hope that lies with Jesus Christ."

Operation Christmas Child is part of the "Samaritan's Purse" Organization. A Christian-based relief organization whose President is Franklin Graham.

Last year more than eight million shoe boxes were collected and distributed world wide. Grannan said it is a great way for children to learn the giving process.

"Part of the program is to actually wrap boxes. Have children wrapping boxes to give to children. To show them the joy of giving to other children that are in need. And that's actually a lot of fun, wrapping the box yourself."

Grannan said as a rule they don't know where the boxes go but if a person is curious there is an easy way to find out.

"If you print off a label online from Samaritan's Purse.org. You can print it off with a bar code on it and when you do that, attach it to your box and they will scan it and will e-mail to you what country your box goes too."

If you would like to help out with Operation Christmas child you can pack your shoe box with toys, school supplies, necessity items, hard candy and a letter if you want to. Then bring the boxes to the collection center at Cathedral Baptist Church.

They will be accepting wrapped shoe boxes until Monday morning the 22nd of November.

Volunteers say they expect this to be a good year but it wouldn't be possible without donations from people like you.

Grannan, "Someone from a country as far away as the USA has put this box together thinking about them. And wanting to teach them about who Jesus is and that there is hope in a hopeless time."

Cathedral Baptist is located at 2706 Alexander in Jonesboro.

DONATION HOURS WILL BE: WED - FRIDAY 12 P.M. - 5 P.M.  SAT: 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.  SUN: 1 P.M. - 5 P.M. AND MONDAY 7 A.M. - 9 A.M.

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