Nine-Year-Old Girl Delivers Over 1.5K Gift-Filled Shoeboxes to Atlanta

Operation Christmas Child Prepares 1.5M Gifts in Atlanta for Kids in Need Overseas

Jordyn McNeal, a nine-year-old girl from Alabama, is heading to Atlanta to drop-off more than 1,500 shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—the results of a giving challenge she created to get other youth involved in helping kids around the world.

Jordyn’s gifts will join more than 1.5 million shoeboxes that are arriving this season at the Atlanta processing center to get ready for a journey around the world. After they are prepared for shipment, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, will deliver these shoebox gifts to children overseas using whatever means necessary—boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.

Jordyn knows age is no barrier for helping others. In 2012, she called on her community to donate items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Through hard work and the generosity of others, she collected 30,000 items and packed 1,002 gift-filled shoeboxes.

This year, she wanted to do something bigger, so Jordyn created a youth challenge online for groups of kids to fill as many shoebox gifts as possible. Jordyn’s delivery to Atlanta will include some of the boxes collected through her challenge, as well as 1,200 that she personally packed.


When:                   Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
                                Noon live shots available with Jordyn, her family, and Georgia volunteers                                   

         ***In-studio morning show interviews with Jordyn also available***

Where:                  Atlanta Operation Christmas Child Processing Center
                                425 Horizon Drive
                                Suwanee, GA 30024

COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

Visuals

  • Hundreds of thousands of colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts being unloaded for final preparations before their journey to children around the world
  • Human chain of kids unloading boxes and bustling activity resembling a Christmas workshop, as thousands of volunteers help receive and prepare shoebox gifts for overseas shipment

Interviews

  • Jordyn McNeal, her mom, dad and younger brother, who have been working hard to send a powerful message, through shoebox gifts, to children worldwide: “You are loved and not forgotten!”
  • Youth and adult volunteers, who are working to ensure some 11 million children in more than 100 countries will have a Christmas gift this year through Operation Christmas Child

On-site Media Contact: Alison Geist, 404.277.4557


It is not too late to pack a shoebox. The Atlanta Processing Center will accept packed shoeboxes until Dec. 19. Or simply visit samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to virtually build a shoebox and personalize it with a photo and letter.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call 800.353.5949 or visit samaritanspurse.org

MEDIA NOTE: For complete media materials, including fact sheets and high-resolution, downloadable photos, visit samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom.


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