OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
As a church, HPBC packed 150 shoe boxes. As a drop off location, HPBC received an additional 548 shoeboxes for a total of 698 shoe boxes making their way to the hands of children all around the world!
THANK YOU to the many volunteers who gave of your time and money to help make this happen.
Please continue to pray for this ministry, and especially for the children who will receive shoe boxes this year. That they will choose to participate in The Greatest Journey and that they will come to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
In 2015 HPBC set a church goal of putting together 100 shoeboxes. We collected enough gifts to fill 102! Our shoeboxes reached kids in Burundi, India, Ghana, and Zimbabwe.
This year, we are setting a goal of 150 shoeboxes.
Feb. 16, 2016 — Because of the generosity of donors across the United States, the Operation Christmas Child project of Samaritan’s Purse collected more than 8.7 million shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for children in need around the world. Combined with shoebox gifts collected from partnering countries in 2015, the ministry is now sending more than 11.2 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 100 countries.
“Most of the boys and girls who receive shoebox gifts have never received any kind of present before,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “That child will never forget the gift or the message it conveyed about the love of Jesus Christ.”
Many children who receive shoebox gifts will also enroll in Operation Christmas Child’s 12-lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. This program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Since 2010, more than 7.4 million children have participated in the program.