Simple School Supplies Provide Life-Changing Opportunities For Children Overseas

BOONE, N.C.—As the school year approaches, many families are not only shopping for school supplies for their own children, but also for boys and girls in need around the world. Shoebox packers are making use of back-to-school prices by purchasing gifts and supplies like pencils, notebooks, and crayons to be packed in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The Samaritan’s Purse project will deliver these gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries.

For many children, access to these simple items is essential to an education. This was the case for Justin Thomas, a shoebox recipient in Southeast Asia whose parents could not afford the supplies needed for school. Thomas remembers the specific day he received a gift-filled shoebox from Operation Christmas Child and found it filled with toys and most exciting to him—school supplies!

Growing up with hand-me-down clothes and used items, Justin used to write with a pencil so short that he held it using a pen cap. Having an entire packet of new pencils and a pencil sharpener all his own was a treasure to Justin. This simple gift made a life-changing impact for Thomas because it opened the doors for him to receive an education.

For more information, visit National Collection Week is Nov. 13-20. Participants can donate $10 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse Para seleccionar regalos que se asignarán a la necesidad de un niño, especifica la edad y género del niño. Termina de empacar tu caja virtual al agregar una foto y una nota personal de motivación.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, seeks to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 209 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories. This year, Operation Christmas Child will celebrate its 30th year of ministry!

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