Barry County joins global Christmas project

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Nov. 12-19 collection week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, families, individuals and churches are expressing their gratitude by giving back.

Residents are filling shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week Nov. 12-19, local volunteers will collect shoebox gifts at the drop off location, First Baptist Church Cassville. The Samaritan’s Purse project, partnering with churches worldwide, will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The volunteers hope to collect more than 1,500 gift-filled shoeboxes during the week.  

“We believe these simple gifts have the ability to send a tangible message of hope to children facing difficult circumstances,” said Jackie Hendrix, local project coordinator. “It is exciting to see the people of  Barry County come together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with millions of boys and girls around the world.”

Barry County residents are not alone in their effort to help children around the world. More than 150,000 U.S. volunteers including families, churches and other groups are joining forces to contribute to the largest Christmas project of its kind. In 2018, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to collect enough Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to reach 11 million children bringing them joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit or call First Baptist Church, 417-847-2965.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.