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Operation Christmas Child collects 2,028 shoeboxes

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD, KNEO RADIO

Operation Christmas Child Collection week closed on Monday Nov 25th . During last week’s collection of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, KNEO Radio – the relay center for Newton and McDonald Counties – received a record number of shoeboxes for a second year. This year, we received 2028 shoeboxes, which is a 25% increase over last year. In 2012 we collected 1623.

Our goal was 1705 shoeboxes and the generous people of this area exceeded it greatly.

I really believe that the people of this area have caught the vision behind these shoeboxes. We are not just providing a material gift that the kids will enjoy; but these shoeboxes are a physical representation of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we have made it possible for at least 2028 people to learn how much Jesus Christ loves them and what He has done for them.

Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 as a project of Samaritan’s Purse, which was organized by Franklin Graham. So we are celebrating 20 years and over 100 MILLION shoeboxes being delivered to children around the world.

Individuals and churches prepare these shoeboxes from people in Newton and McDonald counties, along with about 100 from neighboring counties.

By Friday, we had collected over 1100 shoeboxes. On Friday afternoon, volunteers- including the youth group of Granby Christian Church- packed 517 of the individual shoeboxes into shipping cartons. On Saturday additional volunteers came to finish packing what was on hand. It’s a time to teach children the gift of giving and helping. Jill Winkler and 4-year old daughter Brynnlea Winkler (picture attached -273) helped this year. David and Tina Rosinski have helped for more than 5 years and have perfected the process of packing the cartons with shoeboxes and packing the truck with cartons. Molly Brown donated a box for the first time this year and also helped pack the shipping cartons. On Sunday we received over 500 shoeboxes and over 360 on Monday.

Hunte Corporation donated the use of the truck to take the cartons to the local Collection Center in Joplin at Forest Park Baptist Church. (picture attached -281 (Adam Winler (l) and Mark Taylor (r)) The cartons will end up at the Denver Processing Center to be shipped to various locations around the world. Samaritan’s Purse has indicated that the shoeboxes collected at the KNEO Relay Center are destined for Guyana, Mexico and Togo to name a few.

When the children receive the shoeboxes, there will be something else in there as well. In every shoebox given out, there will be a booklet explaining the gospel message. And that’s why we do this – to tell the world – “yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”

For more information, call KNEO at 417-451-5636 or visit Operation Christmas child’s website atwww.samaritanspurse.com

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