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Operation Christmas Child – ‘behind the scenes’

photo of trailer full of gifts donated through OCC

Trailer full of caring, ready to hit the road

This past Saturday morning, a good-sized group of Scouts and adults from Troop 15 turned out to help with Operation Christmas Child. That is the annual activity where charity Samaritan’s Purse enlists the help of church groups, families, and anyone else willing to fill a shoebox with special goodies for a child. These are gathered in by regional volunteers and sent to children around the world as gifts of Christmas cheer and hope.

First, the volunteers helped unload 200 shoeboxes from the back of a van and carry them into the gym at Hibben United Methodist Church. That seemed like a lot of legwork, but it was just the warm-up.

Soon, armed with tape guns, some Scouts were packing the precious cargo of gift boxes, 26 at a time, into large cardboard cartons. Other Scouts and volunteers were ferrying the filled cartons out to the parking lot, where they were heaved up and packed into a cargo container which started out empty.  Those first 200 shoeboxes were just a drop in the bucket – there was half a gym-full of cartons to load!

Everyone did a great job. Within an hour and a half, the assembled crew of Scouts and volunteers had emptied that gym and filled the trailer to the gills!

Their hard work was rewarded with the knowledge that they had assisted these countless packages on their journey to some boy or girl, somewhere in the world, so that he or she could be reminded that Someone is thinking about them this Advent. (As a bonus, they were also rewarded with some good pizza, courtesy of Dough-Re-Mi Pizzeria, plus a couple of service hours each. Not bad for a morning’s work!)

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