BOUNTIFUL — For several years, West Bountiful resident Jean Parkin has filled a shoe box with gifts for Operation Christmas Child. This year, she filled six boxes — three for boys and three for girls — -and took them to the First Southern Church of Bountiful on Monday. The church, at 696 N. 400 East, Bountiful, is one of two drop-off sites in Davis County for the boxes. The other site is Calvary Chapel, Wasatch Front, at 564 S. 800 East, in Clearfield The shoe boxes are filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy and sometimes a note of encouragement for recipients around the world. “For some of the kids, it will be the best thing they receive all year,” Parkin said. Operation Christmas Child is a project of international Christian relief and evangelism as part of Samantha’s Purse. The organization hopes to help 100 million children this year, with the help of churches, civic groups and individuals, said Patti Dotson, who is coordinating the effort at First Southern Baptist Church. Several Davis County churches collect boxes within their congregations and take them to collection sites in northern Utah. Individuals and groups also prepare boxes. Organizers recommend those interested in participating should enlist the help of families, churches Scout troops, community groups and businesses. From the drop-off site, the boxes are shipped to one of several processing centers, where volunteers inspect each box to ensure the contents are age-appropriate, and that prohibited items are not included. The boxes are then shipped to hundreds of countries throughout the world, where they are distributed to local churches and ministry partners. “I think it’s awesome,” Dotson said. “When you see the videos with the children, it makes you want to pack 100 boxes.”
For more information check out the Nov.15 edition of Davis Clipper.