Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief ministry led by Franklin Graham. It provides support for veterans, healthcare, career development, and food for families around the world. They also provide disaster relief and came to our area after the tornado in March.
Another aspect of their ministry is Operation Christmas Child. This effort collects shoebox gifts for children around the world as an expression of God’s love. The gift is not the items in the box, but instead the Gospel that is told to each child that receives a box. In 2020, Hermitage Hills packed 500 boxes (virtually and physically). This is 500 opportunities for the Gospel to bring lifechange to a child!
There are several ways to get involved.
- Plan to pack a box on your own in November (shoeboxes provided by the church). To fill a box - there is a list provided as a guideline for what to put inside the boxes at samaritanspurse.org. The cost to fill a box is $20 to $30 plus $9 ministry fee.
- Plan to pack a box virtually. Hermitage Hills will have a virtual packing page. With just a few clicks, you can pack a box by selecting the toys and other fun items you'd like to include from the online options. You can personalize your box with a personal letter or photo. The suggested donation to pack a virtual box is $25.
- Another way to participate through Samaritan's Purse is to provide items for families as a Christmas gift. These items help the family with a source of income, medical needs, clean water, or transportation. A gift catelog is available each year. A link will be posted once it is updated.
If you would like to help Stacie Livingstone with Operation Christmas Child, please sign up below.