Next week, Monday through Nov. 25, is Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week and Madera citizens will have a chance to prepare gifts for children around the globe. The operation, an evangelical Christian charity led by Franklin Graham, claims to be the largest of its kind in the world.
With stores already stocked with Christmas items, organizers encourage Maderans to fill a shoebox with toys, school supplies, personal notes of encouragement and hygiene items and then bring it to the drop-off location at the 4th Street Church of God at 222 North N Street.
Project coordinator Tamara Berry hopes to collect 660 shoeboxes full of Christmas joy to send to children overseas. The operation uses trucks, trains, boats, bikes, whatever means necessary including elephants, to deliver the shoeboxes. For many children, the shoebox gift may be the first one they have ever received or maybe the only one they will receive.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries. Participants can follow their shoeboxes by using the donation form found at: www.samaritan purse.org and will receive an email telling of the country it arrives at...