The national collection week for Operation Christmas Child is in full swing.
Operation Christmas Child is a program organized by Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical christian humanitarian organization led by Franklin Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham.
The program sends shoeboxes full of toys, hygiene items, school supplies and notes of encouragement to children around the world, and has both a humanitarian and evangelical purpose.
According to the Samaritan’s Purse’s website the boxes are sent to, “demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.”
The program also allows participants to track their boxes as they travel.
There will be a drop off site in Cooperstown for the program’s national collection week, which runs from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25. Those participating in the program can bring their gift-filled shoeboxes to the Community Bible Chapel, 577 Greenough Road, Cooperstown. Those interested in participating in the program can call 518-437-0690 or visit samaritanspurse.org.
Started in 1993, Operation Christmas Child estimates that it has sent over 100 million shoebox gifts. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the program has announced that it hopes to collect 9.8 million shoeboxes in 2013.