Beta Club Helps Process Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
On Saturday, November 24, 2018, the Sun Valley High School Beta Club participated in Operation Christmas Child by helping process thousands of shoeboxes for many children in Columbia, the Dominican Republic, and Peru. During Saturday’s processing event, over 90,000 shoeboxes were processed. This effort will go towards Samaritan’s Purse's goal of processing 2,500,000 shoeboxes in Charlotte this year, and 9.6 million nationwide at the nine processing centers.
The Charlotte processing center has more than 30,000 volunteers working in the Processing Center this holiday season. Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2018, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children. Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S., Australia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and the U.K. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 150,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts. For many children in third world countries, the shoebox gift is all that they receive in any given year. Some children have no shoes, toothbrushes, socks, toothpaste, and many other essential items that we take for granted.
Operation Christmas Child is one of the many programs operated by Samaritan’s Purse International. Some of their programs include International Crisis Response, U.S. Disaster Relief, World Medical Mission, Greta Home and Academy, Children’s Heart Project, Crisis and Disaster Response, Feeding Programs, Health and Medical Programs, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs. For more information on Samaritan’s Purse or Operation Christmas Child please visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/