PHOTO: Operation Christmas Child begins holiday season work

info@islandpacket.comNovember 10, 2012 

Lois Zipperer adds items to a box held by Alana Weatherford, 3, as volunteers form an assembly line to put together 2,230 gift boxes - filled with toys, school supplies and personal items - destined for needy children overseas as part of Operation Christmas Child. The packing party was held on Saturday at the Lemon Island home of Judy Malphrus. Operation Christmas Child, is a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected 94 million shoe box-sized gifts and hand-delivered them to needy children in more than 130 countries. This year, Operation Christmas Child plans to collect another 9.1 million gift-filled shoe boxes, with 15,000 coming from the Low Country. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (704) 583-1463 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 12-19; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan's Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.

JAY KARR, STAFF PHOTO

Volunteers gathered Saturday for Operation Christmas Child at the Lemon Island home of Judy Malphrus. The effort is a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected 94 million shoe box-sized gifts and hand-delivered them to needy children in more than 130 countries. This year, Operation Christmas Child plans to collect another 9.1 million gift-filled shoe boxes, with 15,000 coming from the Lowcountry.

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