Elevate Church in Carmel Valley held its fourth annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party recently.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, each year sends about 10 million personally packed shoeboxes filled with gifts to needy children around the world. The boxes go to boys and girls ages 2-14, most of whom have never received a gift before. Some live at orphanages where they have to share one toothbrush and towel with 20 other children. Many have no toys or school supplies, and have never tasted candy.
Volunteers from the community and Elevate church came together to pack 1,223 shoeboxes. Donations from Road Runner Sports (500 shoes), Kathy Loper Events (T-shirts), Jimbo’s (scones for volunteers), local dentists (toothbrushes and toothpaste), Ralphs and Albertsons (various gifts), as well as year-round shopping by Project Coordinator Irene Kirkconnell, all contributed to a very successful event.
Volunteers set up the party at the Carmel Valley Boys and Girls Club, packed boxes, and cleaned up with great enthusiasm and passion. The support of Pastor Kevin Campbell was a true testimony of Elevate Church’s compassion for others.
It’s not too late to help. You can “Build-A-Box” online or simply donate to the costs of shipping and delivering these boxes by visiting Samaritan’s Purse: www. samaritanspurse.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/occ shoeboxes; Twitter: www.twitter.com/occcshoeboxes; or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to get involved.
Elevate Church meets at 3800 Mykonos Lane at 10 a.m. Sundays.