Operation Christmas Child workshops are being set up in three locations across Middle Tennessee to help as a “Shoebox Summit” and organize the shoebox process.
Local civic group, church and business leaders will kick off the upcoming collection season with 710,000 gift-filled shoeboxes expected to be packed this year by Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee residents—56,500 from Middle Tennesseans alone—for children in need overseas through Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child will host workshops in three locations throughout Middle Tennessee for community members designated as their church, school or community group’s organizer of shoeboxes.
Attendees will gain new shoebox packing ideas and learn about the journey of a shoebox from local hands to the hands of a child.
Times and events for the Shoebox Summit will take place in three different instances over three different days in Middle Tennessee.
Dates and places include August 2 at 10 a.m. in Franklin at the Financial Peace Plaza Conference Center located at 7104 Crossroads Blvd. in Brentwood; August 3 at 2:30 p.m. in Murfreesboro at River Rock Baptist Church located at 2248 Highway 99; and August 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Nashville at the OCC Office in Airport Plaza located at 1321 Murfreesboro Pike.
During the week of Nov. 17-24, shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies and hygiene items will be collected at convenient drop-off locations, the first stop on a journey across the world for thousands of gifts sent to hurting children overseas using whatever means necessary—boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in more than 150 countries.
In 2014, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 10 million children, with a local goal of 710,000.
National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 17-24; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C. Participants can also build a shoebox through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries.
Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their boxes online and discover the country to which their gifts will be delivered to children in need. To register a shoebox gift, use the online donation form at samaritanpurse.org.
To find out more or to register, email Hilary Cregg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-678-6200.