My sister Natalie just sent me pics and video of her and her husband Joe working at the OCC processing plant in North Carolina.

Given how much our church participates in this program every Fall, you’d think I’d know the stats on how many boxes go through this place. All I can tell you is, it’s a lot.

So here’s to the generous people who’ve donated time and money to make this venture what it is to millions of children each year. ch:



Estelwen · 1 Dec ’11 at 1:50 pm

Operation Christmas Child is awesome! My family and I have packed these boxes for years. It’s even cooler when you put a note inside and the child writes back. I got a letter from a girl in Ukraine and my sister recently got a note from a girl who got one of her boxes 5 years ago. At that time the girl didn’t know English so she couldn’t write back. Since then she has learned English enabling her to write a thank you note for that box she received 5 years ago. I was shocked, trying to imagine being so thankful for something that I would write a thank you note after 5 years. I couldn’t do it.

    Sarah · 1 Dec ’11 at 4:14 pm

    Five years? Wow, that’s cool. I agree, I cannot imagine being that thankful.

    The AWANA that my family is involved with did Operation Christmas Child this year. It was pretty cool.

    BTW, I love your name, Estelwen.

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Dec ’11 at 5:44 pm

    Outstanding! Amazing what a little shoebox can do, eh? Love it.

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