GLADSTONE - The task of reaching 100 million children throughout the world with a message about Jesus's love for them along with a Christmas present begins with one box at a time.
The annual Operation Christmas Child: Christmas in a Shoebox campaign is underway throughout the area and churches, classrooms, families and individuals are rising to the challenge and preparing shoe box gifts for youngsters in third world countries.
According to Delta County OOC coordinator, LuAnn Lindquist, there are 1.9 billion children in the world, estimated, with only 6 percent of those living in the USA, and less than .01 percent of those live below poverty level here in the USA.
"The children receiving these boxes have never ever received a gift for their birthday or Christmas before...ever!" she said. "And the salvation message of Jesus Christ has been translated in over 80 different languages. This is include in the boxes which are delivered to over 130 different countries."
Lindquist said the impact of receiving a shoebox filled with even the simplest items is astounding. Many of the items the youngsters receive in their shoebox gifts are either unavailable to them or the cost is too prohibitive for their families to purchase.
In addition to boxes being shipped all around the world, shoebox gifts are collected for disasters in the U.S., as well - for hurricane, tornado, flood and fire victims - children who have lost everything.
Shoeboxes will be collected from Sunday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 23, at most sites and ending at Grace Church on Sunday, Nov. 24, at noon. Drop-off sites also include Ferdinands Restaurant, Exact Eye Care, Holy Name School, Grace Church in Gladstone, and in Hannahville (contact Lois Tovar).
For more details, boxes, brochures, dvd's, etc., contact Lindquist at lululindquist54
@gmail.com or (906) 280-3584.