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Tonight I got the opportunity to work with Operation Christmas Child at their processing plant in Charlotte, NC. For those of you who don’t know what OCC is, it’s a ministry started by Samaritan’s Purse where they have people donate shoe boxes full of toys, toiletries and candy and ship them to kids in poverty stricken countries all over the world. Their goal is to show the love of Christ to those who don’t know him.

When you first get there to volunteer they take you through a brief instructional session where they tell you what the different tasks are, how to do them etc. Basically, the volunteers are responsible for going through each box, removing any checks or money then inspecting it for inappropriate items (war toys, liquids, chocolate, breakable items). I spent four hours straight inspecting boxes and it felt like I was there for maybe 30 minutes! It was a blast! It’s kinda cool to think that the next person to open the box I just closed would be an excited little boy or a little girl! For a lot of these kids this will be the only gift that they’ll ever receive and it’s awesome to be a part of that.

In a single day the processing center I was at had sorted and prepared to ship over 116,000 shoe boxes! It’s amazing to see everyone spending their time there—not to mention all the people who donated those stuffed boxes. It’s truly an organization that is powered by volunteer work.

If there’s a processing center in your area I highly recommend grabbing a few friends and heading over to lend a hand. You’ll have a blast and you’ll get to witness this awesome ministry first hand! If there’s not a place near you, I still would encourage you to put together a shoe box! If you’re thrifty you can usually do the entire thing for under $20. Me and Britt do two boxes every year. It’s a lot of fun to go shopping for that little boy or girl knowing that what little things you put in that box will make a lasting impact on them and their faith.
I leave you with a couple of pictures from my adventure:



-Scott (@ScottyMcTaube)



  1. a group from my church went today. I didn’t go, but now I regret that decision. It seems like an awesome thing to be a part of and i’m sure those boxes that you prepared will have a huge impact on the lives of many kids.

    • Erica Hildebrand
    • Posted November 29, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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    We do this every year too. Its a tradition. I am glad your spreading the word.

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