Operation Christmas Child big success in Ridgeland - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Operation Christmas Child big success in Ridgeland

Posted: Updated:
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Sunday afternoon the gifts were pouring in. Operation Christmas Child collects gifts, packed in shoeboxes, from around the country. Gifts destined to make a child, somewhere in the world, less fortunate very happy.

"They go to countries where many of these children live in war-torn areas, they live in slums, they live in terrible poverty. And so for many of them they have never gotten a personal gift and so just the excitement of them to get this," said Frances Fair, local organizer.

Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland is a major collection point with nine feeder points coming into the church. The gifts came by the car load, they came by the trailer load, they even came on motorcycles.

Organizers say many people put personal messages in the shoeboxes.

"Putting a note in there and a picture of themselves help this child know that you care about them and that gives them the gift of hope that somebody, somewhere cares about them," Fair added.

The Lifebridge Riders of Gluckstadt brought in 158 boxes. Their group also volunteered Sunday afternoon, unloading and packaging the gifts for shipment to Atlanta.

"We believe in the purpose of the Samaritan's purse. We think it's a good cause and we just decided to support them and to help out with the children that have less than we have," said Wayne Williams with Lightbridge Church.

A special prayer is offered for each group of boxes and the individuals who bring them in. All of the people who work at the collection point are volunteers.

Last year, nearly 22,000 boxes were collected at the church.

Copyright 2011 WLBT. All rights reserved.


Powered by WorldNow