Here is some more about OCC from their website:
Bringing joy and hope to children
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the message of God’s unconditional love. It provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on project of Samaritan’s Purse that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus Christ – God’s greatest gift.
Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990 by Dave Cooke, a Welshman who felt moved to deliver gifts to Romanian orphans after seeing their living circumstances on television. In 1993, Operation Christmas Child grew and was adopted by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization run by Franklin Graham.
To date, Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed over 86 million shoe box gifts worldwide. Each shoe box gift is filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys, and candy, is given to children regardless of gender, race, religion, or age. When culturally appropriate, copies of a book entitled The Greatest Gift of All, which has been translated into 130 different languages, are offered to children after the shoe box has already been distributed.Take a look at this amazing, promo video. An 8 year old Australian girl wrote this song and they made a professional video out of it last year. I dare you not to shed a tear...or at least choke a few back!
- In celebrating the 640,714 shoe boxes collected in Canada in the 2010 season!
- In packing even more shoe boxes that will bless children around the world in the 2011 season!
It does cost more to do it this way - $37 in total - but if it's the only way you can do it, it'd sure be a nice gesture to a child who probably won't receive anything else for Christmas. For my Canadian friends and family click here to find out where you can drop off your shoe box by November 21st!