Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Members of First Baptist collect toys, clothing, school supplies, toiletries and empty shoeboxes all year long and organize them in the OCC room. In the fall, packing and wrapping parties are held to prepare the shoeboxes to be sent all over the world. Local churches in over 100 countries distribute the boxes to happy children. The boxes are filled with an assortment of gifts, but most importantly is The Greatest Journey book that they receive. Each child receives the book in their own language that tells the story of God's Word and Jesus.
First Baptist is also a relay center for OCC. Individuals and groups throughout the community bring their gift-filled shoeboxes during the 3rd week of November for National Collection Week. From there, the boxes are sent to the local collection center and then on to a national processing center. Each year, First Baptist members of all ages travel to the processing center in Atlanta to volunteer time in the final stages of shipping the boxes.
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