Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, and we have been actively involved with them for several years.
The premise of this ministry is simple: gifts are given to children who have nothing. Love is shown to children who may not have known it before. And best of all, Christ is offered to as many as would receive Him.
Just as James 2:14-17 states, you can’t address somebody’s spiritual needs without also addressing their physical needs.
Operation Christmas Child understands this, and they have been sending boxes all over the world, from the United States and beyond, since 1993.
Akron Foursquare packs a large number of boxes each year. We shipped over 1000 boxes all over the world every year since 2014, and we’re not planning to slow down any time soon.
A large part of our process is our annual banquet, to raise both funds and awareness for the project. It’s a great time to get together for some excellent food, be surrounded by wonderful people, and learn about OCC. In recent years, we have had guest speakers who are tied closely with OCC, some of whom received a shoebox through the program when they were a child.
You can learn more about what Samaritan’s Purse is doing with OCC here.