Operation Christmas Child is an International relief program ran by Samaritan’s Purse.
This fall, Southeastern Circle K International members gathered toys for children ages 2-14 for both boys and girls. In addition to toys, the organization also collected books, hygiene products and more. These items were packed into shoe boxes to be sent to children in need.
During an interview in October with Wendy Stevens, the academic advisor of Circle K International at SELU, she said,“Our main service project this fall is a gift drive and packing party for Operation Christmas Child, where we gather gifts for kids overseas and pack them in shoeboxes to be delivered to various communities in need.”
The Samaritan Purse website says, “every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!”
This motto fits well with the Southeastern Circle K International organization because their purpose is to try and make a change in the world, one child in the community at a time.
This service project serves children in countries all over the world. Children receiving these boxes are affected by many different hardships so they tend to brighten their day and give them a sense of hope.
According to the Southeastern Circle K International Facebook page, over one hundred shoe boxes were filled at this year’s packing party.