Renton volunteers and residents contributed to the South King County Operation Christmas Child Area Team a collection of more than 10,600 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that sends gifts to children living in difficult situations around the world.
Last year, area residents collected 7,739 gifts, school supplies and hygiene items for the project.
Though the National Collection Week is over, interested residents can still get involved through the Samaritan’s Purse website where you can virtually “pack” a shoebox, allowing anyone with a computer or mobile device to provide a tangible gift to a child a world away.
At samaritanspurse.org/buildonline, visitors can select a child’s age and gender, shop through an online selection of culturally relevant gifts, and finish by uploading a photo and writing a note of encouragement to the child who will receive it.
After the shoeboxes are packed and sent by the Operation Christmas Child team, participants can discover where in the world their gifts will be delivered. It is a convenient yet meaningful way to join in a project that brings hope to children in need.
The virtual-packing tool also offers participants the option to challenge friends to participate or the opportunity to share the gift of giving through a shoebox gift card.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to deliver gifts to another 11 million children.
-from a press release