What are some facts about Operation Christmas Child?


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Operation Christmas Child is a project initiated by the Samaritan’s Purse organization to send gifts to needy children and spread the message of Jesus Christ. Volunteers send the gifts inside shoeboxes to the organization. Samaritan’s Purse delivers the shoeboxes to their local ministry partners who distribute those to children in their communities.

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Samaritan’s Purse accepts gift items such as toys, school supplies, clothes, non-liquid personal care items and handmade crafts, as of 2015. Volunteers can send jump ropes, calculators, flashlights, playing cards and coloring books. The organization prohibits items such as toy guns, foods, lotions, medications and glass containers. In addition to cardboard shoeboxes, volunteers can use similarly sized plastic storage containers or boxes with removable lids.

Samaritan’s Purse offers shoebox drop-off locations during its National Collection Week in the third week of November each year. Volunteers can also send packed shoeboxes year-round to the organization’s headquarters. The organization delivers the shoebox gifts to various countries every year.

Samaritan’s Purse accepts cash donations that help cover project expenses including shipping charges. In several countries, the organization offers The Great Journey discipleship program to children after they receive their shoebox gifts.

Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian evangelism and relief organization headed by Franklin Gotham. It aims to help people in need and inspire hope through the Gospel.

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