Charlotte Celebrates 2.6 Million Christmas Gifts for Children Overseas, Including Hurricane Victims

The recent vicious hurricane season and violent tragedies have not destroyed Americans' desire to give back. More than 30,000 volunteers in Charlotte are preparing colorfully wrapped shoeboxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys—for children who are suffering from war, disease, poverty and disaster, including young hurricane victims in the Caribbean. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, will deliver these shoebox gifts with a message: "You are loved and not forgotten!"

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, volunteers, Charlotte residents and kids will gather to celebrate the community-wide effort of sending hope to approximately 2.6 million children around the world. This year, Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, hopes to collect enough gifts to reach 12 million children.


WHEN:               
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1 p.m. ET

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:     
    • Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who has traveled the world delivering shoebox gifts to children in need
    • Shoebox gift recipient, who now works with the project to make a difference in the lives of children in need—giving comes full circle
    • Mark and Cherry Brumbelow, who remain dedicated, despite losing their home to Hurricane Harvey earlier this fall, to make Christmas a reality for children who have even less
    • Lauren and Caleb Dye, whose first-hand storm experience with Hurricane Irma is fueling their determination to send joy to children facing difficult circumstances overseas
    • 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 12 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 or to view gift suggestions, call 704.583.1463 or 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 146 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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