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The Truth About Operation Christmas Child

We joined together with hundreds of thousands of people in churches, schools and workplaces all around the UK to do something really special—making sure that more than a million children around the world know that they are loved and not forgotten at Christmas, through Operation Christmas Child.

Samaritan’s Purse (the charity behind Operation Christmas Child) seeks to give those that it serves – people from all faiths and none – the opportunity to hear the wonderful, life-giving Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We love to see children who have received shoebox gifts being invited by local churches to hear more about Jesus Christ – whose birthday we celebrate, along with the vast majority of people in this country, at Christmas.

The offer of new life in Jesus Christ is absolutely unconditional, as was the free gift of God’s Son that first Christmas time. It is this that we celebrate in the giving of shoebox gifts in 105 countries around the world. Samaritan’s Purse have done this peacefully over 22 years, a true testament to the remarkable way in which they work collaboratively with local communities in peace and harmony alongside one another.

For children especially, Operation Christmas Child is a brilliant example of faith in action. It gives those who grow up in relative wealth the opportunity to participate in selfless giving and show compassion to others – irrespective of creed, colour, religion, sex or ethnicity of either the giver or the receiver.