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Samaritan’s Purse reports increase in giving

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Feb. 14 | Modified: Feb. 14
Samaritan’s Purse reports increase in giving

Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child sees gift-filled shoeboxes distributed to children
in need around the globe.
Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

Operation Christmas Child, a national Christian holiday initiative through Samaritan’s Purse, is reporting an increase in the number of collected shoeboxes, which were distributed to needy children worldwide.

Jennifer Davis, a regional manager for OCC, reported that more than 25,000 shoeboxes were collected in the seven-county area surrounding Boone.

The shoeboxes include toys, school supplies and hygiene items to children who do not have ready access to them.

In the Carolina regions alone, more than 820,700 shoeboxes were collected.

“That is up from 724,300 last year,” Davis said. “That’s a huge growth just for this region.”

Nationally, 7.5 million shoeboxes were collected — up from 6.5 million in 2012 — and 9.9 million were packaged worldwide.

Davis attributes the increase to the organization’s “favor of God” in serving the Lord and those children who are living in destitute conditions.

“I feel like this was a monumental year for our ministry,” Davis said. “We are celebrating 20 years of this project.”

The year of celebration was not limited to recipients of the shoeboxes either, she said. Volunteers were also afforded the opportunity to work and worship together.

“This is a celebration of what God has done the last 20 years,” Davis said. “Overall, we had a generous outpouring of donors and churches that are supporting the project. These are marking the difference in the lives of children worldwide.”

The shoeboxes and need of individuals to help package the boxes have also served as tools for pastors to invite new members into their congregations.

“This allows for the mobilization of local churches,” Davis said.

Although drop-off locations in the Boone area are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C. 28607 or through the project’s online tool, where donors can virtually build a box. To get involved, visit, or call (828) 262-1980.

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