Operation Christmas Child

On Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28 at the Church of the Living Stone in Woodland they held their annual shoe box filling party for Operation Christmas Child. The shoe boxes will be sent out to children all across the world giving them something to open this Holiday Season. Pictured are some of the people who showed up Friday night to fill shoe boxes. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon


The holidays are almost upon us, and with them comes a spirit of giving. Fortunately, there are many different ways to do it. One way is through Operation Christmas Child, a non-profit organization that brings gifts to children in parts of the world where they may never have had a gift before. 

The goal of Operation Christmas Child is to bring the joy of receiving a gift to countries and children all across the world. Volunteers for this program select whether they want to fill a gift box for a girl or boy, then they pick an age group, and then they fill a shoe box with things to send. 

Now what goes into the box isn’t just a bunch of toys, there is so much more. Yes, there are some toys, but a lot of what goes into the shoe boxes are what many would take for granted. There are things like toothbrushes, personal care products, and simple clothes and maybe some flip flops. The items the kids receive in their shoe boxes are more than just things, it is hope and a sign that someone out there cares. 

Samaritan’s Purse, the organization that puts together the shoe box program, is a group that is dedicated to helping those that need it. They help with disaster relief, like with hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, as well as helping children in countries in need. They offer the opportunity for the children that receive the shoe boxes  to receive the chance to participate in a ministry program that teaches them about the word of God. 

For anyone interested in helping send shoeboxes to those that need them you can get more information online at samaritanspurse.org. You can also make your shoeboxes at home and then bring them to one of the drop off places; Second Baptist Church in Calais, Church of the Living Stone in Baileyville, Machias Valley Baptist Church in Machias, and Bucks Harbor Baptist in Machiasport. For more information or with questions, you can contact Beth Hillman at 214-9793 or Julie Reynolds at 214-9845.