Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, hopes to distribute 12 million gift-filled shoe boxes this year to children in war-torn, poverty-stricken countries throughout the world. Since 1993, more than 146 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of a simple shoe box gift from Operation Christmas Child. These gifts of hope become possible because ordinary people take the time to fill simple shoe boxes with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies that enable many children to attend school. Hundreds of true stories about children learning about the love of Christ, and sharing that love with families and their communities, inspire the volunteers every year.
As a returning organization to the Festival’s Community Cause-Way, they look forward to connecting with festival goers at this eclectic event and sharing their enthusiasm about Operation Christmas Child.
The Finger Lakes West Area of Operation Christmas Child also participates in the Palmyra Canal Days and Hobby Lobby events. Their “Journey of a Lifetime” at Long Acres Farm in Macedon on September 30, and at Lakeshore Church in North Greece on October 14, will lead visitors through a shoe box’s journey from home in the USA to a child in a faraway land.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how your church or organization can become involved in Operation Christmas Child; or visit them at the Festival and ask the volunteers to talk about Operation Christmas Child to your group.