Dardenne Presbyterian Church was recognized Aug. 26 for its service to children in need around the world. For more than 15 years, Dardenne Presbyterian Church has served as a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child. Each year, the Samaritan’s Purse project delivers millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, disaster, disease, poverty and famine.
Thousands of shoebox gifts packed and donated in St. Charles, Lincoln, Montgomery and Warren counties each year are collected by volunteers at Dardenne Presbyterian Church in Dardenne Prairie.
“Without the generosity of ministry partners like Dardenne Presbyterian Church, Samaritan’s Purse could not reach millions of children around the world with the Gospel. We are thrilled to honor Dardenne Presbyterian Church for 15 years of service and partnership with Operation Christmas Child,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church has served as a drop-off location since 2004 and as a central drop-off since 2012. Since 2004 Dardenne Presbyterian Church has collected more than 110,500 gift-filled shoeboxes from area organizations and individuals. The award presentation was made during the 8 a.m. service on Aug. 26 by Tim Holeman, volunteer logistics coordinator for the Operation Christmas Child local area team, and was presented to Adolf and Joyce Mueller who serve as the drop-off location team leaders.
“We are grateful for Dardenne Presbyterian Church’s annual commitment to transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope for children in need each year,” Holeman said. “These simple shoeboxes can impact children’s lives forever, sending a message that God loves them and they are not forgotten.”
More than 90,000 churches and groups in the United States partner with Operation Christmas Child to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to millions of children in need. Nearly 5,000 of those churches serve as drop-off locations for the project. Through Operation Christmas Child, children, families and groups fill shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items—creating gifts that can make a life-changing difference in the hearts of children around the world.
Dardenne Presbyterian Church is looking forward to collecting shoeboxes again this year with Operation Christmas Child during the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12 – 19.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, contact volunteer area coordinator Jennifer Fay at 636-328-7871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the Operation Christmas Child website samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.