Franklin Graham Thanks God for How Operation Christmas Child Has Grown

CHARLOTTE, NC — Celebrating the 200 millionth shoebox gift collected since 1993, Franklin Graham encouraged staff and volunteers at the Charlotte Processing Center this Christmas. These shoeboxes represent opportunities to tell boys and girls about the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Greatest Gift.

Franklin GrahamSamaritan’s Purse CEO and President:

29 years ago right here in Charlotte the very first Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were packed. Those boxes went to Europe. This year the 200 millionth shoebox is going to Ukraine.

Edward GrahamSamaritan’s Purse Vice President of Operations:

At Operation Christmas Child we celebrate this small gift. Something as small as a shoebox because God uses it to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ so we can’t do it without the volunteers that are processing the shoeboxes behind me.

Charles DunevantVolunteer:

I’m so excited to be here and the love in these shoeboxes. I love to see the energy level and work coming from people in my church.

Terese MinerickVolunteer:

This is such an amazing time. We’re so happy to be here. I’m looking forward to doing this again and again.

Nicole CrouchVolunteer:

I’m here to help those in need and I love helping people. It’s been a blast so far.


I want to thank all of you who come here and volunteer who work here. We couldn’t do this project without you. We never dreamed to have an army of Christian men and women who come at Christmas to make this program happen.

Elizabeth GroffOperation Christmas Child:

We just actually put the yellow yo yo in the box. When I received my yo yo 18 years ago it was the beginning of hope in my life and now being able to share the same hope and love of Jesus with this little girl, it’s just incredible.


What an opportunity in Charlotte, North Carolina to be able to touch children around the world.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Through this project, Samaritan’s Purse partners with the local church worldwide to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and make disciples of the nations.

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One comment

  1. Greetings, 


    I thank God for using you for His ministry, 

    I dont know how to speak proper english, my daughter Jennifer translates for me who is a Pastor herself, she preached her first sermon in the age of 18, She is still ministering in youth. My husband lives in Denmark. This is my great desire to see you preaching here in Pakistan,

    I have a little ministry here in Quetta Balochistan where I live, it’s very difficult to do God’s work here but still by His grace we are doing it. 

    Please pray for our ministry as well that it may flourish more, what we have been doing is just giving a little grocery to some widows and  some books and clothes to needy children, I pray that may God help us to serve his people more.

    Because we are doing everything voluntarily. May God use us more in Pakistan, please pray for us

    Thank you, 

    Shagufta Aamir

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