Tifton First United Methodist Church children and youth are partnering with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief to build gift boxes for under-privileged children around the world. The project, “Operation Christmas Child,” is designed to deliver personal items and small toys to children during the Christmas season.
Tifton First Director of Children’s Ministry Tiffany Alexion is leading the kids in packing the boxes during the regular Wednesday afternoon Children’s Activities. According to Tiffany, the children will watch a video explaining the mission’s project. Then the kids will get to work filling the boxes, which will eventually be shipped to more than 100 countries.
“They have asked that we include toiletry and other personal items,” said Tiffany. “They also want things like small toys, school supplies, socks and gloves.”
Church members are invited to participate in the “Operation Christmas Child” project. Shoebox labels will be available throughout the Tifton First campus (look for the green and red label). The labels include instructions on how to pack the boxes, pay for shipping, and how to track your box once it is shipped. The label includes a QR Code which, once scanned, will allow you to track your package.
Once your box is packed, properly labeled and paid for, you may drop it by the church during the week of November 13th – 19th. Samaritan’s Purse is asking for a $10 donation to cover the cost of collection, processing and shipping to the more than 100 countries which will receive the boxes.
The Chili/Soup Cookoff held in October raised nearly $600, which is being used to cover the cost of the boxes being packed and shipped by the Tifton First children and youth.