“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God” – Bob Pierce, founder and leader of Samaritan’s Purse.
Bob Pierce not only believed the story of the Good Samaritan, he based an entire nondenominational evangelical Christian organization around the parable. He has national leadership teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children in over 100 countries.
During this season of giving, the Student Council at North Pointe Elementary of Boone County School District partnered with the Samaritan’s Purse to take on Operation Christmas Child. Engaging their peers, student council members created fliers inviting everyone from their school to donate items they could include in shoeboxes to be given to boys and girls living in areas hit by hurricanes and floods. Donations were collected over the course of a month to prepare over 30 shoeboxes for the students’ first international service learning project.
Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. To date, Operation Christmas Child has gifted more than 146 million shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. In 2017 Operation Christmas Child is hoping to gift 12 million shoeboxes to children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. To learn how you can be a part of Operation Christmas Child, click here.
Groups and individuals around the world are touching the lives of children and families through similar donations. National Collection week has passed, but it’s not too late to pack a shoebox! You can still build a shoebox online and track its destination. Imagine if we packed shoeboxes and gave to those experiencing homelessness here in Kentucky. For ideas on how you can extend this project year-round click here.