Christmas Shoeboxes were collected for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child from churches and individuals in Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties. They were brought to the collection site at Bethel Baptist Church. Collection week was held from November 12 through November 19 in this area and a total of 15,778 shoeboxes were collected and shipped to Atlanta, GA for further process and distribution to children around the world.
During the weekend of October 13 several thousand shoeboxes were packed during the third annual Packing Party, held at Camp Anderson in Old Town Florida. These shoeboxes were provided by Union Baptist church, who is the largest contributor to the total number of shoeboxes processed at Bethel Baptist during collection week.
Kay Roberts, collection center coordinator, said, “Each little shoebox is a gospel opportunity for a little child.” Roberts went on to report that some 38 volunteers came to Bethel to assist in our area collection week. Also, several area churches graciously provided lunches for the volunteers throughout the week.
When all 15,778 shoeboxes were safely loaded into the semi to be transported to Atlanta, a core group of tired, but happy, packers remained for the final cleanup.
Next Christmas season you will again find churches and families in Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie counties hard at work collecting shoeboxes with the hope of touching a child’s life across the world with the message of hope, coming to know Christ, alongside a small toy, hygiene, school supplies and other appropriate items. When that child opens his or her shoebox, they will hopefully realize that someone in a country far away cares about them.
Operations Christmas Child collected 15,778 shoe boxes in Tri-County area