Are you looking to spread some Christmas joy to others who are less fortunate? Operation Christmas Child by the Samaritan’s Purse aims to help you bring smiles to children in need throughout the world.
In this blog post, we discuss how the Trophy Awards team helps to fulfill the wishes of children during these Christmas holidays.
What Is Operation Christmas Child?
Operation Christmas Child — the latest project by the Samaritan’s Purse — is collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts that include school supplies, toys, and items for hygiene. These are then delivered to various children in need throughout the world to show God’s love in a way they can see and feel. For a lot of these children, these shoeboxes will be the first gifts they’ll ever receive.
Since Operation Christmas Child started in 1993, there has never been a larger Christmas project of its kind in the world. Thanks to the collective offer of volunteers, donors, and generous hearts from all over the world, Operation Christmas Child has assembled and delivered over 198 million gifts in the form of shoeboxes to millions of children throughout 170 territories and countries. Just in this year alone, the company expects to gather its 200-millionth shoebox full of treats.
How It Works
Sending gifts is open to anyone, including families, individuals, churches, and other groups. Anyone can fill an empty shoebox with hygiene items, school supplies, and toys such as soccer balls or dolls. From Nov. 14 to 21, 2022 (known as National Collection Week), Samaritan’s Purse will be going around to collect all of the gift-filled shoeboxes throughout the 5,000 drop off zones from each of the 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico.
To look through gift suggestions or learn how to pack your shoebox, be sure to check the Follow Your Box label and look for the closest drop-off location to you by visiting samaritanspurse.org/. Please note the list of items that shouldn’t be included in your shoeboxes, such as:
- Used and damaged items
- War-related toys such as knives, guns, or military figures
- Chocolate or food
- Lotions or liquids
- Vitamins or medications
- Breakable items such as glass containers or snow globes
- Aerosol cans
Those who wish to participate may donate $10 for each shoebox gift online. These can be tracked through the Follow Your Box feature on their website, where you can discover your gift’s destination. Participants can also choose to purchase their gifts online and look through samaritanspurse.org/buildonline where you can build shoeboxes with select gifts that are matched to a child with a specific gender and age.
You can then finish packing your digital gift by adding a picture along with a note to encourage your recipient.
How Trophy Awards Impacts Lives
For this cause, the Trophy Awards team has assembled 28 shoeboxes that will be handed over to 28 children this holiday season. As an extension of Trophy Awards Manufacturing’s core values, our team has chosen to participate in this year’s Operation Christmas Child.
As such, the shoeboxes they created will be dropped-off at the nearest pick up location in the Greater Cincinnati area. From here, these precious boxes will make their way to Chicago or Charlotte, where they will be taken to their recipients.