Nov. 29: Charlotte Celebrates 11 Million Gifts for Children in Need

Operation Christmas Child Commemorates 25th Anniversary, Bringing Hope to More than 157 Million Children Since 1993

Volunteers, Charlotte residents and project organizers have a reason to celebrate. More than 30,000 volunteers are actively working in Charlotte to prepare colorfully wrapped shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys—for delivery to children who are suffering from war, disease, poverty and disaster. This year, Operation Christmas Child—observing its 25th anniversary—hopes to collect enough gifts to reach 11 million children, with approximately 2.5 gifts being processed right here in Charlotte.

Charlotte is home to one of six processing centers across the country, where donated gift-filled shoeboxes are readied for their journey to the hands of children overseas. With the help of more than 400,000 volunteers, more than 37 million shoebox gifts have come through the Charlotte Processing Center since it was established in 1996.

The upcoming celebration event will reflect upon the millions of lives changed as a result of volunteer efforts and look forward to another year of bringing joy to children in need.

WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. EST

WHERE:
Charlotte Processing Center
7100 Forest Point Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217

MEDIA COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

  • Morning and afternoon live shots with Carolina volunteers and organizers
  • Interviews:
    • Shoebox gift recipient, who now works with the project to make a difference in the lives of children in need—giving comes full circle
    • Carolina kids, who will not let their age deter them from making a difference in the lives of children worldwide
    • Teen and adult volunteers, who are serving to ensure some 11 million children in more than 100 countries have a Christmas gift this year
  • Visuals:          
    • Millions of colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts bound for children around the world
    • Bustling activity resembling a Christmas workshop, as thousands of volunteers help receive and prepare shoebox gifts for overseas delivery

ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT: Janna Dawson, 678.787.0536

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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

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