TUPPERS PLAINS — For more than 14 years, the congregation of St Paul United Methodist Church in Tuppers Plains has been packing shoeboxes as part of Operation Christmas Child.
In 1970, Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization, was founded to help people around the world who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine.
In 1993, they began Operation Christmas Child to provide shoebox gifts to children around the world. Since that time, more than 124 million boxes have been sent to children in more than 150 countries and territories through this program.
There are special instructions for packing a box on the Samaritan’s Purse website. You are asked to decide if the box is for a girl or boy and then select an age category. The box is then filled with items that can fit into the box and can include a quality toy, games, hygiene items, school supplies, crafts and accessories.
After the boxes are filled, they are wrapped, labeled and taken to drop-off locations, where they will be sent to children around the world.
Shoebox Collection Week for 2015 was Nov. 16-23, but boxes can be made year round for Christmas delivery and can also be built online.
Members of St. Paul’s church feel these boxes will be a gift that brings joy to a child on Christmas Day, and they want to be part of something that can change the lives of children around the world.
The boxes were placed on the altar at a recent service, the pastor and members of the church gathered around the boxes and prayed that they will brightened children’s lives this Christmas.
For more information on how to pack a show box, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext, 2551