Chattanooga kids, families and volunteers will host a celebration event Thursday to kick-off the 2012 Operation Christmas Child season. Kate Tanis, mid-south regional manager for Operation Christmas Child will share stories and pictures from her recent shoe box distribution trip to Uganda. She will also share updated and practical shoe box packing ideas.
Administrative staff from Life Care Centers of America will attend and give remarks about their role as a promotional partner for Operation Christmas Child. The 12 local churches that will serve as new drop-off sites for shoe boxes will also have staff in attendance.
Chattanooga residents will learn how to impact hurting children a world away with simple shoe box gifts this holiday season. Empty shoe boxes and 2012 Operation Christmas Child materials will be given out at the event.
“The purpose of this kick-off event is to generate excitement about the upcoming collection season and to inspire people to pack more shoe boxes and reach more children,” said Ms. Tanis. “I hope all attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of our ministry.”
The Chattanooga area team anticipates collecting 40,000 shoe box gifts in 2012. All these shoe boxes will pass through Life Care Center of America’s headquarters, located in Cleveland, which still serves as the collection center for the Chattanooga area team.
The Chattanooga area team kick-off event is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Woodland Park Baptist Church, 6735 Standifer Gap Road.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, children learn they are loved and not forgotten. This year, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since the program began in 1993. Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes in 2012, with 6,200 collected locally.
Samaritan's Purse uses tracking technology that allows donors to "follow your box" to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. By clicking on “Follow Your Box” at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, families can register their boxes and find out where in the world their boxes brought joy to children.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 615.778-0046 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 12-19; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.