Operation Christmas Child

Hillside Church will be returning to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Fullerton again this year.  We will be going on Dec. 10 and serving from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Must be 13 to go.  Here is the link to sign up to go with our group
 
 
Who: All able to serve
When: December 10th 
          10am-2pm 
Where: Fullerton Processing Center
*must be at least 13 years of age to serve
 

Mission

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
 
Franklin Graham leads a team to deliver Operation Christmas Child
shoeboxes to boys and girls in Bosnia in 1995.(photo courtesy of SamaritansPurse.org)
 

History

In the summer of 1993, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham received a call from a man in England asking if he’d be willing to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in war-torn Bosnia. Franklin agreed, but figured Christmas was months away. He forgot about the promise until he received a call back around Thanksgiving asking about the gifts.

Franklin asked his friend the late Pastor Ross Rhoads of Calvary Church of Charlotte to see if he could help with the need. A Sunday shortly afterward, Pastor Rhoads demonstrated for his congregation how to fill a shoebox with simple gifts and encouraged them to include a letter to the child as well. Within weeks, the church had 11,000 shoeboxes lining their hallways.
 
 

Due to their generosity and additional gifts from Canada, Samaritan’s Purse sent 28,000 shoebox gifts to children in the Balkans that Christmas.

Every year since, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items for children around the world. Since 1993, more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love.

Tens of thousands of volunteers from local churches around the world partner with us to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ at festive outreach events where children are surprised with these shoebox gifts.


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