Rev. Doug Forbes: It’s not too late to help others
Operation Christmas Child is the largest missions effort of its kind, and it enriches the lives of millions of children around the world. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son, conducts the effort.
Each year children across America fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and other items and send them to Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief organization.
These shoeboxes are delivered to millions of children affected by poverty, disease, disaster and war. Last year nearly 8 million shoeboxes filled by our children were sent around the world.
Our grandchildren love to go shopping to help pick out the items they wish to send to a child in need. They bring the items they have collected to their school and fill and wrap shoeboxes with their classmates. You could also do this at your house of worship, service organization or as a family. These simple gifts remind children in many countries that a child in the United States loves and cares about them. It also reminds him or her of God’s great love for everyone.
Some of the countries to receive shoeboxes last year included Malawi, Jamaica, Latvia Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Burkina, Faso, Ghana, Zambia, Russia, Uganda, Sudan, Somalia, Macedonia, Honduras, Kosovo, Brazil, El Salvador and Argentina.
HERE’S HOW TO HELP
For more information about Operation Christmas Child or to find the nearest drop-off center, call 800-353-5948 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.