It’s Operation Christmas Child box time again…box packing time, that is. Do you fill boxes each year for Operation Christmas Child?
Do you wonder where they go after leaving your hands?
Before heading off to the children, each box is examined at a distribution center somewhere in the U.S. Every individual box is opened and examined for proper contents. Anything improper is removed and donated to local charities.
Some boxes are sparsely filled, so the volunteers add items that have been donated in bulk, like flip-flops, notebooks, pens and pencils, dolls, toys, etc. Other boxes are so carefully packed with obviously thoughtful items, it brings tears to your eyes from the love it portrays.
Rather than have you think I’ve vanished into thin air this week, I should tell you where I’m going. Not to toot my own horn at all. It’s not about me. It’s about the children.
I’ll be working on the line, inspecting and repacking shoe boxes at the Atlanta distribution center for Operation Christmas Child. OCC, along with a multitude of other missions ministries, falls under the umbrella of Samaritan’s Purse.
Many churches collect OCC boxes that are packed by members of their church. It’s a wonderful way for families to care for children throughout the world.
When our kids were little, they loved shopping for the items to go into the boxes they filled for a child their own age. Once we turned the boxes in at our church, we never knew what happened to them. But, we prayed for those kids, whoever they were. These days, you can track your box and see where it goes. How fun is that?
A testimonial from a Bosnia recipient:
What a wonderful story! There are millions of stories very similar to this one.
Here’s something that will make you smile…bet you can’t stop smiling while you watch this video. 🙂
The collection dates have passed, but you can still contribute. It’s not too late to help this year, so if you’re interested, follow this link to see how.
If you have put together boxes for OCC distribution, thank you. You have changed lives. You have shared Jesus with those we will never know this side of heaven.
Just as in previous years, this week while opening boxes, I will laugh, I will cry…I will be changed, as well. That’s what God does. He blesses the gift and the giver, not only the recipient. I am blessed to have this opportunity. It is a humbling experience, and I praise God for it.
I hope you and your family made wonderful memories across your Thanksgiving table last week. Let’s thank the Lord again today, this spectacular Sunday, as we worship Him!