Bennington Residents Packing Joy into Shoeboxes
Bennington individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up, as Bennington residents prepare to collect 150 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, November 18 to 25.
Anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox at the Missionary Alliance Church, 198 Crescent Boulevard in Bennington, to send to a child overseas. The box will be delivered using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received. Hours of operation are limited; call 800-567-8580 for hours.
Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org. Donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.
Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 518-437-0690 or visit samaritanspurse.org.