Journey Of The Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Boxes

A Christmas shoe box.

A Christmas shoe box.

Alton, Mo. – The First Baptist Church of Alton, Missouri, along with other churches, packs Christmas shoe boxes for kids around the world. Here is a look into the journey of a Christmas shoe box.

Kids helping pack Christmas shoe boxes.
Kids helping pack Christmas shoe boxes.

Packing, Collecting and Shipping

People of all ages go to their local churches in November and help pack the shoe boxes. They have fun while helping other people. The next step is collecting all the packed boxes. The boxes go to drop-off locations; churches sometimes collect the boxes to send off to the drop-off locations. Volunteers serve annually to prepare the shoe boxes for international shipping. While they do this, they pray for the children who will receive the boxes.

A wide variety of color books waiting to be packed in the Christmas shoe boxes.
A wide variety of color books waiting to be packed in the Christmas shoe boxes.

Distribution

Before the shoe boxes even arrive, people train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children. Some churches us the boxes as a resource for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. [1] Wherever a shoe box goes, a child is impacted and brought closer to Jesus Christ.

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Alton held a Christmas shoe boxing evening at their church. They filled up 100 boxes for kids around the world. You can read more about it here.

Dessa Taylor helping pack shoe boxes at the First Baptist Church of Alton.
Dessa Taylor helping pack shoe boxes at the First Baptist Church of Alton.

Pastor David Langston said of the Christmas shoe box packing,

Thank you to EVERYONE that donated items and helped pack boxes. You are the hands and feet of Jesus sharing His love with God’s children.


Notes:

  1. ^https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/the-journey-of-a-shoebox/ (go back↩)

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