Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Since 1951


Operation Christmas Child


OCC 2018: Our 10th Year

Millions of Christmas "shoeboxes" filled with toys and other treasures are collected during National Collection Week every November for distribution by Samaritan's Purse to children around the world. The goal? To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ! Our generous affiliates last year donated 130 filled shoeboxes, which then were delivered to drop-off centers in Sneads Ferry (N.C.) and Wilmington (N.C.).


Before these shoeboxes can bring hope and joy to children, each one has to be carefully inspected and made ready for overseas shipment. This takes place in Samaritan's Purse processing centers located across the United States. In 2018 the eight processing centers were located in Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Boone (N.C.), Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Minneapolis and Southern California. These centers were open from November 20 through December 15 and only closed only on Thanksgiving Day and Sundays.  

During the first week in December, 26 EAMC affiliates worked three days in the Boone processing center. We had many returning workers and also welcomed first-timers Hope and Dan Longest, Sharron Batchelor, Rucker Eggleston, Beth Dent and Lynn Yates. Along with the other volunteers, each day we processed roughly 50,000 shoeboxes that were headed to Ghana. The Boone processing center inspected more than 604,000 shoeboxes by December 4.  

We enjoyed working in the processing center and seeing how varied the shoeboxes' contents could be. One thing was always the same-- each box had been packed with love. We also enjoyed fellowship at our motel, and our group meals at an Italian restaurant and the Daniel Boone Inn. We even were able to enjoy a beautiful snowfall on our last day! 

A big thank you to all who made our 10th annual Operation Christmas Child mission project such a joy and success!

Debo Bell, Co-Chair