Operation Christmas Child

A local organization with worldwide ties is touching children's lives across the globe.

The heart and "sole" of Operation Christmas Child lies within each colorfully wrapped shoebox.

Each year, volunteers at Heritage Baptist Church in Dothan collect boxes filled with toiletries, school supplies, toys and hard candy from across the Wiregrass area. Each box fulfills the needs of poor children in India.

Sherrill Holloman, with Operation Christmas Child said, “This is an important program because children around the world have many needs and don't have the kind of love and blessings that our children get over here.”

Gifts go to children between the ages of 2 and 14-years-old. Each gift includes a message about Christmas and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Volunteer Clare Jones said, “I myself have a special love in my heart for children and especially those that might not have anything else for Christmas. I just feel like people here in Dothan, we have so much, what better way to show your love for someone than to give them a shoebox full of love.”

Last year, the organization collected more than 9300 shoe boxes from generous Wiregrass citizens.

This year, they're hoping to collect at least 10,000.

Volunteers say it's a "step" toward making a less fortunate child's life a little brighter at Christmas.

If you would like to contribute to the Operation Christmas Child program, shoeboxes can be dropped off at the Heritage Baptist Church in Dothan, now until the morning of Monday November 19th.

For more information about the program, call 800-353-5949 or log onto www.samaritanspurse.org.

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  • by Bridget Location: Mukwonago on Mar 10, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    I have been doing Operation Christmas Child for almost 12 years and have enjoyed doing it very much. I love packing boxes for less fortunate children and know that I am doing something good. I have a penpal who received my box and we have been writing to each other for 4 years.
  • by Maureen Location: Florida on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:37 AM
    So happy to hear of the good work the community is doing for the less fortunate, i.e., Operation Christmas Child. However, what about the less fortunate in our own country, i.e., Boys & Girls Town, Children of the Appalachias; St Joseph's Indian School and so many other organizations that try to keep up with provisions for homeless, neglected and abused children who have little or nothing on a daily basis let alone Christmas Day. There is so much need here in our own country, it's humbling and very sad. Although I applaud your efforts to help children overseas, I invite you to investigate the needy right here in our own back yard. Thank you and God bless you all.
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