Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Area residents helped put together gift boxes for children around the world for Operation Christmas Child. Photo courtesy of The Samaritan’s Purse.

Area residents helped put together gift boxes for children around the world for Operation Christmas Child. Photo courtesy of The Samaritan’s Purse.

Nearly 4,600 children will soon experience the joy of Christmas, thanks to the combined efforts of the Bennington community and residents from surrounding counties. Residents packed empty shoeboxes with small items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, which sends gifts to children living in difficult situations around the world. For those who missed National Collection Week, you can still get involved. Through the Samaritan’s Purse website, 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.

For more information on how to participate, call 518-437-0690 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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