National Volunteer Week: Operation Christmas Child offers local volunteer team opportunities

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As National Volunteer Week approaches April 15 to the 21, Operation Christmas Child offers local volunteer opportunities to residents of Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a difference across the world. 

Each year, about 150,000 U.S. volunteers help fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to deliver worldwide to children suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, terror, disease and famine. 

“National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” Jenna Ernhout, who heads the South-Central Area Team in these counties for Operation Christmas Child, said. “Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local team is looking to collect 12,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need. 

To learn more about joining the South-Central Area Team or to apply for leadership opportunities, click here or call 607-368-2912.

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