‘Getting the word out’ drives Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child was a success in Warren County, and all over the world.

The operation is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. . During National Collection Week — Nov. 14-21 — Warren County residents donated shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement, and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball, to deliver to children in need around the world.

“p1″>”Getting the word out to folks in Warren County contributed to over 50,000 gift-filled shoeboxes collected in Northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Pam Niedhammer, volunteer for Operation Christmas Child. “That’s 50,000 plus children and their families who will know someone in Pennsylvania — in Warren and the surrounding area —  cared enough to pack some simple gifts in a shoe box for a child they don’t even know.”

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

There are countless cases of children being helped by this program, according to Niedhammer.

“Erika, in the highlands of Peru, whose unemployed mother was unable to buy a new pair of shoes for her daughter,” she said. “Erika received a shoebox filled with hygiene and school supplies, and a new pair of sneakers. Or Angella in Malawi, whose family could not afford school supplies. She received a shoebox filled with pens, pencils, a notebook and eraser, as well as a flashlight. This meant a great deal to her family, as they had no electricity.”