Last year, I wrote about how my husband and I discovered Operation Christmas Child. Since then, it has been an eye-opening experience as I learned more about this international outpouring of God’s love to children living in the most desperate situations imaginable. (See “Man with a Shoebox, April 20, 2017 under the ARTICLES tab.)
The idea is to send shoeboxes crammed with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to children who may never have received gifts in their lives; to children who use sticks to clean their teeth; to children so impoverished their parents cannot afford the cost of pencils and paper so they can send them to school.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son. I would encourage you to visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ to learn more about it, or fill a virtual shoebox yourself.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Nearly 500,000 volunteers worldwide pitch in every year at this time, and more than 9.1 million shoeboxes leave the U.S alone.
Just how do these shoeboxes get from the hands of generous donors and into to the hands of a child in, say, Uganda?
For those of you who live in Monroe, Livingston, Ontario or Wayne counties in New York State, Operation Christmas Child’s Finger Lakes West Area Team is offering its annual “Journey of a Lifetime” at Long Acre Farms in Macedon, 1342 Eddy Road, on Saturday, September 30 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Through a series of fun interactive stations, you will experience each step on the shoebox’s journey, from the time it is packed to when it arrives in the hands of a child.
Rain or shine, adults and kids of all ages will enjoy activities and refreshments. The event is free and no registration is necessary. You will discover the “Journey” in the Private Party Barn at the farm where there is ample parking.
Once you have explored this exciting display, you can take advantage of the farm’s discounted “Barnbuster Pass” for even more fun.
Who knows, this could turn into the journey of YOUR lifetime!