Clearwater Families Waste No Time Spreading Christmas Cheer Months Before the Holidays s
CLEARWATER - U.S. kids have no time to waste helping to bring joy to millions of needy boys and girls this holiday season. Sending hope to hurting children worldwide is a full-time, year-round effort that requires the contagious compassion of local Clearwater families right now!
Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, is calling on local kids, families, churches, businesses, schools, scout troops and civic organizations to join this massive effort by sending shoe box gifts to children overseas who are suffering from disease, famine, war, terrorism and natural disaster.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, has collected and hand-delivered more than 61 million shoe box gifts to hurting kids in some 130 countries.
Why now – months before the holiday season?
Although National Collection Week is Nov. 17 - 24, Operation Christmas Child is not limited to just one week a year or during the holiday season. It is a year-round project, requiring months of organization and preparation to reach millions of kids around the world. Volunteers and shoe box gifts are needed during all seasons to help spread Christmas cheer and the spirit of giving that lasts all year long.
How to help:
Prepare — Enlist families, churches, community groups and businesses to take part in making shoe box gifts for needy children.
Pack — Fill shoe boxes with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and a letter of encouragement.
Process — Sign up to join thousands of Operation Christmas Child volunteers this fall, at one of hundreds of collection sites across Florida, to collect and prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged children on six continents.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (407) 852-3727 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week is Nov. 17-24; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year.
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