I am writing to thank and celebrate Buckeye Lake-area residents for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas season. The generosity of Buckeye Lake-area volunteers, families and groups paved the way for us to meet our goal of collecting 45,792 shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse Project Operation Christmas Child-the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.
The gift-filled shoeboxes are tangible expressions of God’s love for children around the world suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn they are loved and not forgotten. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though the Buckeye Lakearea drop-off locations are closed until November 2017, filled shoeboxes are collected year-round at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. Additionally, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at samaritanspurse.org/ occ. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or by calling (937) 374-0761.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope, and continue to transform the lives of children worldwide.
Operation Christmas Child