“It gives individual people an opportunity to touch those that have nothing,” she said of the ministry. “Not only do [the children] receive the gift of encouragement, but they can receive the gift of salvation.”
Any one can now build a box at any time with Operation Christmas Child’s year-round, online giving tool. On the project’s website, samaritanspurse.org, participants can select a child’s age and gender and shop through an online selection of gifts, virtually packing an empty shoebox and writing a note of encouragement. The box will then be packed by volunteers and shipped to the child on behalf of the donor.
Participants can now also follow their shoeboxes to their destination countries and into the hands of their children with tracking technology.
Each shoebox gift can be registered with an online donation form for this purpose.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 1-800-567-8580 or visit samaritanspurse.org.