Over 2,400 shoeboxes have been donated to Operation Christmas Child in Logan County this year. That is 148 cases of boxes which carry toys, hygiene products and school supplies for underprivileged children.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate 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.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
During National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21, Logan County residents donated the shoeboxes and delivered them to New Vision Community Church in Russellville. New Vision has served as drop-off for the boxes the past five years. According to pastor Brad Rogers the number of boxes is going up dramatically each year thanks to the caring individuals in Logan County.
“We are very excited,” said Rogers about the amount of boxes donated. “The first year New Vision acted as a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child there were 900 boxes donated. It keeps going up and up.” Rogers thinks the climb is due to the word getting out.
“Thanks to the publicity received locally, and word-of-mouth through our churches, more and more people are participating in this mission,” said Rogers. “It is a great mission, one that has brought all denominations together to help children in need.”
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