Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Sparks residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. From Sparks, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary — sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds — to reach suffering children around the world.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org.
Local collection sites:
• Sparks Christian Fellowship, 510 Greenbrae Drive in Sparks. Call 475-2128.
• Calvary Chapel Carson City, 1635 Clearview Drive in Carson City. Call 883-5215.
• Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, 28 Enterprise Way in Dayton. Call 233-1703.
• Tahoe Community Church, 145 Daggett Lane in Stateline. Call 544-5925.
• Faith Lutheran Church, 12 N. West St., in Yerington. Call 463-5675.
This is the first year Calvary Chapel Carson City, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, Tahoe Community Church and Faith Lutheran Church have served as a drop-off points for Operation Christmas Child. Last year, Sparks contributed 8,381 shoe boxes to join the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect more than 9,000 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief, and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.