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Last night, I had the awesome opportunity to serve at the Operation Christmas Child processing center here in Charlotte, NC. I went with some of the youth from my church and we spent all evening working alongside other volunteers preparing packages to be sent.




If you’ve never heard of OCC, it’s a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse which collects shoe boxes full of toys, candy, and other items like toothbrushes & toothpaste. The boxes are then are prepared for shipping and sent to children all over the world to share the love of Christ with them during the Christmas season.


In our devotion on Monday, Samantha talked about the importance of loving others not just with our words, but also with our actions. That’s what we were doing last night ~ loving those kids by helping prepare the gifts they would receive. Even though we aren’t the ones who will hand the boxes directly to the kids, we got to have a hand in serving. If it wasn’t for every person involved giving their time, talents, and energy to this ministry, there wouldn’t be any shoe boxes to deliver to those children. It takes every person – those making the shoebox gifts, volunteers and staff at the process centers, those delivering the shoe boxes (and everyone in between) to make it happen.


We found out the boxes we were preparing last night will be shipped to children in Zimbabwe and Iraq. How cool is that?!




Quick facts about OCC:


-OCC delivered over 7.6 million shoe box gifts to children around the world last year.
-There are process centers in North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Minnesota, and California.
-OCC has volunteer opportunities year-round (not just during the Christmas season).
-Check out the website at www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/occ for more information.


If you ever get a chance to volunteer in an OCC processing center, you should do it! This Christmas season, take the time to serve someone somewhere, giving sacrificially for their good. It’s totally worth it!


“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)


Joy in serving,

Kristen

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Blogger Amydeanne said...

our church does this every year as well! what an awesome ministry!

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