Christmas Boxes

Story by WVUA 23’s Julia Smith.

Tuscaloosa churches have begun collecting gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a 26-year old initiative that gathers shoe boxes filled with Christmas toys and gives them to children impacted by diseases and disasters across the world.

Operation Christmas Child was created by the non-denominational Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse.

Along with receiving something shiny and new to play with, children and their families receive literature on the Gospel.

“In addition to the items that we pack, there is a pamphlet that is packed into the shoebox called the greatest gift which presents the gospel message about how Jesus loves them and loves everyone in the world,” First Baptist Church team leader Kaye Sutton said.

Tuscaloosa’s goal is to collect more than 38,000 gifts to contribute to the global goal of 11 million gifts for children.

“Very few people can go to some of these small villages all across the world but we are able to send something there and it would be children who would not be getting anything otherwise,” Volunteer John Faile said.

There are about six churches in the Tuscaloosa area participating in the initiative. To find a donation drop off location near you or to donate online, visit Operation Christmas Child’s Website. Churches will accept gifts through next Monday, Nov. 25.

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