I am writing to thank the Statesville community for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Through the generosity of Statesville, we were able to collect 24,713 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse.
Generous donors in Statesville transformed empty shoeboxes into treasured gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. These are being delivered now to children around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty, and famine. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference! Though Statesville drop-off locations are closed until November 2019, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Participants can also challenge others to pack boxes online with them or use a shoebox gift card to share the opportunity with friends and family. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can be found by visiting samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 704-583-1463.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.
Operation Christmas Child Volunteer Area Coordinator