This year, New Hope put out the challenge: pack enough shoe boxes to cover our typical donation as well as the donation of a Florida church who was unable to provide their usual gift because of their own struggles following Hurricane Irma. The goal in numbers? 500 gift boxes that could include a "wow" item, personal care items, clothing, accessories, and/or toys for girls or boys between the ages of two and 14. God truly inspired us: New Hope packed and shipped over 600 boxes that were then delivered to Operation Christmas Child to distribute.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. The OCC mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. These simple gifts are shipped outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.