As we mentioned here we had the packing party on Saturday, November 4, 2017. I'm not sure how many showed exactly but it was enough to pack 1044 shoeboxes in three and a half hours. It is an amazing thing to witness and even more so to be a part of. Knowing as you wrap the shoebox that it is going to a child, somewhere in the world, that might not receive a Christmas gift of any kind and truly, more than that, may not even know what Christmas is and what it means.
As the shoeboxes are given to the children the story of Jesus Christ is given along with the goodies inside. In 2016, there were 8.7 million shoeboxes received by Samaritan's Purse and delivered to children in over 100 countries. I have a hard time imagining 8.7 of anything much less a shoebox filled by people everywhere for a child that they will, most likely, never meet. But then add to that the logistics of getting the shoeboxes to the selected countries, clearing customs, and then transported all over that country. Remember, not all countries have expressways and paved roads so some shoeboxes are delivered by camel, donkey, wagon, and even by foot.
Don't think there is nothing you can do to reach a child half way around the globe. You can by sponsoring a OCC Shoebox. Samaritan's Purse cannot fund all the cost to ship the boxes which is $9.00 a box. Of the 1044 boxes that we assembled a little over 400 are adopted or had the $9.00 given to send it where is needs to go. Pray and ask the Lord if He would have you help to send a box to a child. You can send one or as many as He would have you do. If He leads you to give, y0u can send a check to Pleasant Springs Baptist Church, 409 Winchester Road, Huntsville, AL 35811. Remember, each box adoption is $9.00 USD. Please make your check payable to Pleasant Springs Baptist Church. Each group or organization has to fund the boxes that they assemble.
If you want to know more, the link below will take you to the Samaritan's Purse website...
Pleasant Springs Baptist Church