Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week kicked off Monday morning and will be open through November 25th. The purpose of the drive is to collect gifts for children in need overseas and to share the message of the gospel.
This morning, volunteers at First Baptist Church in Huntsville were busy filling up shoe boxes with new items like school supplies, hygiene items, and toys. The church is one of eight locations across the valley accepting gifts from anyone who’d like to help make Christmas special for less fortunate children.
“This gift goes to them, and then it is also received with the gospel of Christ, and so many children around the world come to Christ because of this Ministry,” said Mike Pearce, Retired Minister of Missions at First Baptist Church.
Pearce says a packing party was held on Saturday, were about 2000 boxes of gifts were packed. Their goal is to have around 15,000 packed boxes by the end of the drive.
Folks are invited to bring items to donate that are small enough to fit inside a shoe box. The collection sites will provide shoe boxes if you do not have one but still would like to donate gifts.
If you want to bring your own shoe box of gifts, click here for tips on packing the boxes.
For a list of collection locations across the valley, click here.