Thanks to individuals, families, youth and school groups, churches, organizations and businesses in Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer counties, 10,216 shoe boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and small toys have begun their journey to children in need around the world. The giving represents a 27 percent increase over last year’s total for the five-county area.
The North Country region of Operation Christmas Child added three new relay sites this year – at Lamson Road Community Church in Phoenix, NY; Riverside Community Church in Clayton, NY; and Vorea Community Church in Richland, NY.
Operation Christmas Child NY North Central Area Coordinator Patty Jennings said, “Thank you to all those who helped us top the 10,000 mark this year. Each of the boxes represents an opportunity to change a child’s life and people have given generously to make this the best year yet in the North Country region.”
The week of November 29th Jennings leads a team of 41 volunteers traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina, to one of seven processing centers to prepare the boxes for overseas shipment. Operation Christmas Child, a ministry outreach of the international relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse led by Franklin Graham, will deliver the boxes by plane, ship, truck, and caravans of camels, donkeys and volunteers to children in more than 100 countries.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered shoeboxes to more than 77 million individual 2- to 14-year-old boys and girls selected by Operation Christmas Child teams in some 130 countries. For many, the box may be the only gift they have ever received.
People prepare shoe boxes for the “World’s Largest Christmas Project” year’round. For more information, contact Operation Christmas Child NY North Central Area Coordinator Patty Jennings at 315-232-2690 or go online to www.samaritanspurse.org .