Locals Participate in Operation Christmas Child

As we approach the holiday season, one group of churches in the area is preparing gifts.

They are said to be simple gifts, all to be given to less fortunate children around the world. The good deed is a simple gesture of goodwill, packed into a small shoe box.

One box at a time, the ladies at Parkdale Baptist Church hope to make a difference in a child's life halfway around the world.

"Some of these children have never had anything," Fay Anderson said. "Not just at Christmas, but ever."

They, along with dozens of other congregations, businesses, schools and families around the Coastal Bend, will continue with the tradition of Operation Christmas Child.

"It grows every year. Individual families get involved. More organizations get involved. Churches," Anderson said. "When it started out, it was very small."

The idea is a simple one. Pay $7 for shipping, and fill a small shoebox-sized container with age appropriate gifts.

It is the power of a simple gift that Operation Christmas Child Founder Franklin Graham had in mind. A shoebox filled with goodwill and a message of hope to those who have little or nothing.

If you want to know more about Operation Christmas Child, visit www.SamaritansPurse.org/OCC.


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