When it comes to delivering nearly 2,500 miles of shoebox gifts around the world — that’s more than 10.6 million laid end-to-end — the Boone-based Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse rivals even the mantra of our professional postal workers. After all, rain, sleet and snow take their toll, but when was the last time you saw the mail being delivered by camel?

Camel or caravan, truck or boat, it’s all in the mission of Samaritan’s Purse to not only deliver these gifts to disadvantaged children, but more importantly to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ with each box. Distributed in more than 100 countries, the shoeboxes filled with basic necessities, small toys and candy also contain a 12-lesson discipleship program, “The Greatest Journey.”

In 2018, that program helped lead more than 2 million children to Jesus, making it one of the most successful mission outreach programs in the world. Yet, Samaritan’s Purse leader Franklin Graham is quick to point out that that success comes only through the efforts of the organization’s professionals and an army of year-round volunteers.

With millions of shoebox gifts shipped internationally each year, it’s an army ever in need of soldiers to train, develop and coordinate efforts around the globe and throughout the year.

Locally, many of our churches, nonprofit and social organizations offer their time and resources to do just that. If you’re interested in or feel called to enlist, visit samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC for a list of opportunities.

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