Whitesburg First Baptist Church will once again serve as a collection site for South East Kentucky for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse headed by Franklin Graham.
“Last year, we sent out over 10,000 gift-filled shoeboxes from our collection site for children all over the world to share the story of the greatest gift of all — Jesus Christ,” said Lee Adams, a member of Whitesburg First Baptist Church, who serves as area coordinator volunteer for southeast Kentucky and southwest Virginia’s Operation Christmas Child. “ The joy and purpose of this ministry is not about giving gifts. While the material gifts inside one of these boxes do bring joy to the kids who receive them, the real gift given in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox is to introduce the child and his or her family members to the Savior of the world, who they can put their hope and trust in, and who loves them very much, Jesus.”
If you would like to be a part of this ministry, you may fill a shoebox, donate items or donate money to the Operation Christmas Child Fund at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church. Collection week is set for Monday, Nov. 17, through Monday, Nov. 24.
The shoeboxes are filled with items such as small toys, school supplies, candy, socks and gloves.
The person fixing a box decides whether the package will be for a boy or a girl and what age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.
The organization does not want the following items included in the packages: used items; toy guns, knives or other war-related items; chocolate or perishable food items; liquids of any kind (shampoo, lotion, bubbles); medicines of any kind (vitamins, cough drops); and breakable items (china dolls, snow globes).
For more information, contact Lee Adams at (606) 634-5698 or the Whitesburg First Baptist Church at (606) 633-2277.
“It amazes me how God can use a simple gift-filled shoebox to open the door for a missionary to tell a child about Jesus in a part of the world that otherwise may not allow the gospel message to be shared with its people,” said Adams.