Cathi is an over-comer. She lives with two debilitating and incurable illnesses, but that doesn't stop her from serving with Operation Christmas Child as a year-round volunteer. “I love volunteering because it takes my mind off my pain and also gives me an opportunity to stay active."

Read how Cathi serves despite her illnesses here: [ Link ]

“Jesus commanded us to serve and I want to be like Him."
"Fourteen years ago I got a Christmas gift—a shoebox filled with small cute things for an eight-year-old girl. The gift was wonderful and I was very grateful for it. Fortunately the sender also added a card with her address. So with my rusty English, and with the help of a big dictionary I could barely hold, my mom, sister and I wrote her a thank you letter. Since then, we have been sending...
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God has given you unique talents and abilities. Would you prayerfully consider using them to further our Gospel–centered outreach every month of the year by becoming a year-round volunteer?

From coordinating prayer to providing administrative support to working with local media—there are multiple positions to consider. Are you ready to answer the call? View roles and apply here: [
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"But Jesus called them to Him and said, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.'" Luke 18:16
“Our role is to get everyone excited to do this project—excited about packing shoeboxes and excited about the mission behind the shoeboxes. … Operation Christmas Child changes the lives of some people on this side of the box that you get to minister to.” Lynn H., Collection Center Coordinator

You can volunteer year-round with Operation Christmas Child too! Learn about all of the roles...
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Want to stay up-to-date on current Operation Christmas Child news, find drop-off locations, read prayer requests, build a shoebox online, and more? Download the FREE Operation Christmas Child iOS mobile app here: [ Link ]
Cold temperatures and snow didn't stop an Operation Christmas Child outreach event in Moldova where these children received shoebox gifts and heard the Good News of Jesus!
We're LIVE with shoebox recipient Dania! Have questions for her? Ask in the comments below:
Don't forget! Today at 12pm EST shoebox recipient Dania will be LIVE here on our Facebook page to tell her story and answer your questions. You won't want to miss it, so be sure to tune in!
We're so excited to have shoebox recipient Dania here at Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child headquarters for a Facebook LIVE event tomorrow! Tune in at 12pm Eastern to hear her story. You'll also have the opportunity to ask Dania questions—so be sure to join us!
Spending time with your family is great—spending time with your family as year-round volunteers for Operation Christmas Child is even better! See how this family in Illinois says that one of the best ways to reach out to their community has been to help children around the world: [ Link ]

Packing Shoeboxes Together Leads Family to Year-Round Volunteer Roles
Caption this photo taken at an Operation Christmas Child outreach event in Zambia!
Pure joy! These are the reactions your shoebox gifts bring to children around the world. Tell us—will you pack shoeboxes this year to bring smiles and the Good News of Jesus to children in need?
What was your favorite part of National Collection Week? We love this Opening Ceremony by First Southern Baptist Church in Kingman, Arizona!
Medical Professionals are urgently needed to serve at the Samaritan's Purse emergency field hospital in Iraq. Learn more here: [ Link ]

Please pray for our teams in Iraq and share this need with your family and friends. "We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).
Christian medical personnel are urgently needed to staff the emergency field hospital for deployments of three weeks or longer. Samaritan's Purse is treating the injured and providing relief to those displaced by conflict—click below to learn more.

Help Families Fleeing the Fighting in Mosul
"God bless this organization which made it possible to bring the love of God to the children here, and God bless to all those who packed and sent the boxes!" - Brenda M.
Check out the volunteer team from Highland Baptist in Waco, TX. Their volunteers come from 5 different area churches, working together to see children given the gift of the Gospel!

You can be part of a team like this when you become a year-round Operation Christmas Child volunteer. Learn more and apply here: [ Link ]
Wow! It looks like Justin C. from Knoxville, TN has gotten a head start on shopping for his shoebox items—he found a great deal on washcloths and stocked up! Shopping year-round is a great way to save money on items and get organized for packing your shoeboxes. Learn more on our year-round packing page here: [ Link ]

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