Williston Park residents join in Operation Christmas Child

November 28, 2018 by  

During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, which took place recently, Williston Park residents gave back by packing shoeboxes with hygiene items, school supplies, and toys. The boxes will be sent to children around the world who are in need.

Cecil Pollydore is the regional director of the effort, which is known as ‘Samaritan’s Purse’. The project is the effort of churches throughout the world, who deliver the gifts to children who have been affected by famine, poverty, disaster, and war. In some cases, the gifts are the first the children receive.

Volunteers from the Nassau County area hoped that more than 20,000 gifts would be donated. Pollydore said he believes simple gifts like these bring a hopeful message to children in extreme circumstances, letting them know people care about them. Organizers of efforts like this could work with a banner printing company to create a festive banner to decorate a pleasant space for volunteers to enjoy.

Williston Park residents were not the only ones working to help make the children’s lives easier. It is estimated that over 150,000 volunteers throughout the U.S. worked together, making this the biggest Christmas project ever attempted. This year, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to send shoebox gifts to 11 million children around the world.

Since 1993, children in over 160 territories and countries have received over 157 million shoeboxes as part of the Operation Christmas Child effort.