Savannah area kids, families and volunteers will come together Sept. 26– 29 with one common purpose to host a celebration kicking off the expected 20,000 giftfilled shoeboxes collected by local residents for children worldwide through Operation Christmas Child.
Throughout the events, Zarina Jensen will share a message of hope about how receiving a shoebox through Operation Christmas Child changed her life as a young girl in Central Asia. These events will celebrate the start of the 2013 Operation Christmas Child season which leads up to the National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25, when gift-filled shoeboxes across the nation will be gathered at local relay and collection centers before beginning their journey that will end in the arms of a child who can experience Christmas for the first time.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, children worldwide learn they are loved and not forgotten. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas child hopes to collect 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013 with 20,000 coming from the Savannah area.
Families, churches, schools, businesses, civic groups and individuals can pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing and more to be delivered to a child in need. Through these simple gifts, more than 100 million shoeboxes have been delivered to more than 100 countries around the globe with a message of hope through Jesus Christ.
The full details for the Savannah area events for Operation Christmas Child is available at this link: https:// www.facebook.com/occSavannah.