First Baptist Partners with Operation Christmas Child

Press Release
Staff Writer

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 168 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries. Each one—packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items by a family or individual—is sent with prayer that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts.
In May of 2016, Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, called First Baptist Church in Sweetwater because they had noticed a regional gap in the positioning of drop off locations for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Through a series of conversations, First Baptist Church agreed to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to be a Relay Center and the first step on the journey of a shoebox. As a relay center, over 3,000 shoeboxes have been collected at First Baptist in 2016 - 2018.
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