New Jersey Church Organizes Holiday Gift Charity
It happens at the South Vineland United Methodist Church in New Jersey every year for the last 10 years. Donated Christmas gifts are sent to children across the globe. Last year around eight million gifts were mailed to 107 countries, and this year the goal is to surpass last year figure.
The condition for gifts is that the items have to be hygiene products, clothes, toys, non perishable foods or anything of the similar kind. This is called “Operation Christmas Child” an international campaign sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse Organization.
People all across Vineland participate in donating and collecting gifts. The gift items are collected at various collection centers from where they are brought to the Church for packing in shoeboxes. Besides collection points there are certain mobile vans that go to different places for collection.
This is not a simple task. Every year two months prior to Christmas, people start donating, collecting, assembling in church for packing, and so on. Getting more than eight million children's addresses across the globe for mailing these gifts is a hectic task in itself.
All children across the globe are ready for a surprise Christmas gift as nobody knows what will be lying inside the shoebox for them.