Samaritan’s Purse is a corporation of evangelical Christians who are spreading God’s love by helping the suffering people around the globe.
They have been greatly impacting the lives of those who have been subjected to war, disease, famine, poverty, and other disasters since 1970. One major part of this corporation is the distribution of gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need all over the world at Christmas.
This project is called Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993, they have been able to give over 25 million shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries. There has been more than 500,000 international participants, with over 100,000 of those in the US, to help in gathering, sending, and giving the shoeboxes.
Mintz Christian Academy has been a part of this project for several years, and the students and teachers of MCA have collected and packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This year, though, MCA had some exciting and new events to help with the enterprise.
They had a packing party for the middle/high school students, where the classes brought in the supplies and filled the boxes together in a fun environment. Middle and high school students were able to make 36 shoeboxes that day, and the entire school collected 115 shoeboxes total.
On Monday, Nov. 23, the 9th and 10th grade students went to Boone to help sort through and pack shoeboxes at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center. After the training, students were assigned to a station and began working. They zoomed through the packing process at record speed, but were still being able to laugh together and sing Christmas carols throughout the whole factory.
Operation Christmas Child is an amazing experience for those who are giving and receiving the shoeboxes to grow closer to God and see the love of His Son.