Since Christmas is right around the corner, my husband and I have been talking a lot about charities and volunteer opportunities we would like to be a part of. And, believe me, the question did occur to both of us as to why we are only just now thinking about this instead of all year round.
But through our research, we came across a beautiful organization called Samaritan’s Purse. Whether you are a Christian or not, they have a mission that I think most people can stand behind and support. Their mission:
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
One piece of their mission is Operation Christmas Child. This is a very simple but meaningful way to help a child in need around Christmastime.
- You can buy a small box/shoebox.
- Choose a child — boy or girl. Age category — 2-4, 5-9, 10-14.
- Fill the box with gifts. Items can include toys, school supplies, accessories, non-liquid toiletries, and a personal note! The idea is to fill the box with fun items that will bring an eternal difference in their lives.
- Include a $7 donation per box to help cover the shipping costs.
- Pray for the child your gift is going to bless.
- Drop off the box. You can drop the boxes off at any of the locations following this link: Drop Off Locations.
Another option is to create your shoebox online. This streamline process just asks you to make a couple of clicks and give a suggested donation of $25 for volunteers to create the boxes for you.
If you are wondering what child you are helping, the countries that Operation Christmas Child supports do vary from year to year. But, if you make your donation online, you can follow your order to see the destination of your shoebox!
It is never too late to get involved to support a great cause. And the best part about this organization’s mission is not the gifts the child will get, but rather the expression of love that the child receives, knowing that someone out there cared enough to take a few minutes to think of them and bless them with a gift worth smiling about — the love of God.
Visit their website for more information on Operation Christmas Child and to learn more about volunteering in one of their facilities.