All this week, local residents and volunteers in Manchester have been filling shoeboxes to send to kids in need across the world.
It’s called Operation Christmas Child and it’s a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Jackie Sherman says the shoeboxes go to children who are orphans, refugees, victims of natural disasters or who live in poverty. And she says those little shoeboxes are filled with little gifts that make a big difference in their lives.
The shoeboxes are also a way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ – the children are given a storybook written in their language that explains who Jesus is.
For the past nine years, Manchester United Methodist Church has served as the drop-off location for Delaware County. And Hannah Clemen says the ministry has grown significantly during that time.
If you’d like to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, you drop it off at the church. Drop-off hours are 9 to 11 am today and Saturday, as well as noon to 2 pm on Sunday and 8 to 10 am on Monday. You can also help by making a monetary donation to cover shipping costs.
photo courtesy of Operation Santa Claus