Orange County Celebrates Operation Christmas Child Reaching 11M Children in Need This Year
Orange County kids, families and volunteers are gathering to celebrate Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, which will reach millions of children this year with gift-filled shoeboxes and a message of hope.
Right now, more than 925,000 of the shoeboxes—packed with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—are arriving at the Orange County Processing Center to get ready for a journey around the world. After preparation for shipment, they will be delivered to children overseas using whatever means necessary—boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.
When: Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. PT
Morning Live Shots begin at 5:30 a.m. with shoebox recipient and California volunteers
Where: Orange County Processing Center
17353 Derian Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
- Hundreds of thousands of colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts bound for children around the world
- Bustling activity resembling a Christmas workshop, as thousands of volunteers help receive and prepare shoebox gifts for overseas shipment
- Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who has traveled the world delivering shoebox gifts to children in need.
- Shoebox gift recipient Izabella McMillon, who received a box as a 13-year-old living in communist Romania. Now living in the U.S., Izabella packs shoebox gifts with her 6-year-old son Kaleb—giving comes full circle.
- California kids, who are sending a powerful message to children worldwide by packing shoebox gifts: “You are loved and not forgotten!”
- Youth and adult volunteers, who are working to ensure some 11 million children in more than 100 countries will have a Christmas gift this year.
On-site Media Contact: Karen Dye, 404.538.8591
It is not too late to pack a shoebox. The Orange County Processing Center will accept packed shoeboxes until Dec. 22. Or simply visit samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to virtually build a shoebox and personalize it with a photo and a letter.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, call 800.353.5949 or visit samaritanspurse.org.
MEDIA NOTE: For complete media materials, including fact sheets and high-resolution, downloadable photos, visit samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom.