Organization thanks Ada residents for sharing 'true meaning of Christmas'

Boxes of toys for donation to Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, sit on a table Nov. 20, 2019, at H2O Church in Ada. Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization that provides aid to people in physical need as a key part of Christian missionary work. Operation Christmas Child donates toys to more than 100 countries worldwide.

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I am writing to thank Ada residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Ada and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.9 million shoebox gifts in 2019. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2019, the ministry is now sending 10,569,405 shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoeboxes—packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—Ada volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories since 1993.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Ada are closed until Nov. 16-23, information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 816-622-8316.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Sincerely,

Dana Williams, Operation Christmas Child

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