National Volunteer Week April 23rd-29th
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National Volunteer Week April 23rd-29th

LEWISTON, ID - Next week is National Volunteer Week. One of the many volunteer efforts in the Lewis-Clark Valley and around the world that is making an impact is Operation Christmas Child. This project collects shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and toys and delivers them to children in need around the world. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

From Samaritan's Purse International Relief:
“I find it a privilege to do all I can to inspire my community to get involved in this project,” said Jannell Farrell, who heads up the Palouse Clearwater Area Team for Operation Christmas Child. “We know that for many of these children, this little shoebox gift is the only gift they have ever received. There is a lot of hurt and darkness in the world, and these gifts bring light and hope.”

Each year, millions of children in need in more than 100 countries find hope in a simple shoebox gift, many of whom are affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. In 2016, Operation Christmas Child volunteers made it possible for nearly 11.5 million children to receive a shoebox gift. This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to send enough gift-filled shoeboxes to reach another 12 million children, a feat unattainable without the more than nine thousand local volunteers who serve year-round across the country.

Last year, Lewiston volunteers, families and groups paved the way as part of the Palouse Clearwater Area Team to collect shoebox gifts for more than 5,300 children.

“The purpose of Operation Christmas Child is to send a message to children that they are loved and not forgotten,” said Michael Ishmael, Northwest Regional Director for Operation Christmas Child. “Our volunteers can make an eternal impact on a child in need by giving their time and talents to this simple project.”

As the project gears up for another year of gift collections, the local team of Operation Christmas Child is seeking new year-round volunteers. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available in the Lewiston area or to apply, call (253) 572-1155 or visit samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. 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 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.
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