Theresa Farmer and Pat Rollins of Operation Christmas Child (OCC) were busy filling large shipping cartons on the first day of shoebox collections. In its third year at Fourth Street Church of God, the goal of the local project is to gather more than 600 shoeboxes to send to children around the world. Maderans are urged to fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies, notes of encouragement and hygiene items like toothbrushes.
Farmer was very pleased with the initial donations. “Raymond Community Church filled 113 shoeboxes and just dropped them off,” she said.
The local project encourages churches, schools, service clubs, businesses and individuals to get involved in the shoebox ministry.
OCC began as a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse in 1993. In the past 20 years they have delivered more than 100 million boxes to needy children in more than 100 countries. In this, their 20th anniversary, with collections across America they hope to distribute nearly 10 million shoeboxes full of gifts...