BG Kids Spread Holday Cheer During Summer Vacation

Summertime is a great time for families to join the effort to share
shoe boxes gifts of hope with millions of suffering children.

Kids can do much more under the summer sun than splash in the pool or play on the beach. This year, many Bowling Green-area families are using the days out of school to demonstrate their compassion for children around the world.

They are getting involved in Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas gift project, which is preparing to collect and deliver millions of personalized shoe box gifts to children in over 100 countries around the world. It’s a massive, year-round effort that includes local families, churches, businesses, schools, scout troops, and civic organizations willing to help regardless of the season.

“Summer vacation is when kids typically have plenty of free time on their hands and parents are looking for ways to keep them busy,” said Lance Kaufman, Operation Christmas Child Regional Director. “This is a great way to get kids involved in a fun and rewarding project that helps to make a real difference in the lives of millions of hurting children.”

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham. It starts with a simple shoe box filled with toys, school supplies, personal necessities, candy, and hand-written notes of encouragement. These gifts are delivered worldwide to children suffering from poverty, disaster, disease, war, terrorism, or famine.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered shoe box gifts to some 54 million hurting children, including 7.6 million this past year.

How To Get Involved:

PACK A SHOE BOX, PLAN A PARTY - Now is a great time to get started, rather than waiting until National Collection Week (Nov. 12-19, 2007). Step-by-step instructions for packing shoe boxes are available at Host a summer shoe box packing party, stock up on filler items, or collect empty shoe boxes for friends and family to use.

SPREAD THE WORD - Encourage friends, neighbors, churches, and community-minded organizations (including schools, scout troops, Vacation Bible Schools, and businesses) to become involved in packing shoe box gifts for children overseas.

SIGN UP TO HELP - It takes over 100,000 volunteers to operate 2,000 collection sites spanning all 50 states, plus the six processing centers where shoe boxes are sorted and prepared for overseas shipping.

For information on Operation Christmas Child, call (615) 309-6013 or visit National Collection Week is Nov. 12-19, 2007; however, shoe box gifts are accepted year-round.

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