Operation Christmas Child
provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages to be involved in a
simple, hands-on missions project that reaches out to suffering children
while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas- Jesus Christ, God's greatest
gift. This program sends a message of hope to children in desperate
situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and Christian literature.
In 2012, Operation Christmas Child collected over 9 million shoeboxes
worldwide and distributed them to children in about 95 countries. Operation
Christmas Child has distributed over 93 million shoeboxes since 1993. In 2013, the shoeboxes from our area will
go to Albania, Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, Niger, Kenya, Togo, Malaysia, Rwanda,
Uganda, Colombia, and Suriname.
In addition to the shoebox gifts,
which may be the only Christmas gift a child has ever received, Operation
Christmas Child provides a discipleship program for each child, explaining
the message of salvation and hope in Christ Jesus. Over 2 million children
have given their lives to Christ through the ministry of the shoeboxes and
the discipleship program.
The North Central
Wisconsin Operation Christmas Child Collection Center is located in Plover WI
and has relay centers in Eagle River, Spencer, Stetsonville, Wisconsin
Rapids, Waupaca, and Wausau. All
together, we collected 8,700 shoebox gifts from people in North Central
Wisconsin in 2012. Our goal for 2013
is to collect over 9,000 shoebox gifts to send to children around the world.
That is about one shoebox gift for every thirty people that live in the area.
Christmas Child has local representatives around the country to assist you or
your group. These representatives can help you get involved with Operation
Christmas Child in your area, and they are available to speak at group or
church meetings or give media interviews. For more information, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.
make your donation online and track your shoebox gift to see where it is
delivered, or you can put together a shoebox online as well. For more information, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.
send us your gift-filled shoeboxes year-round. Our international headquarters
in Boone, NC, accepts shoebox gifts all year long. Just mail or ship your
completed box to:
801 Bamboo Road
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607