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Pack a shoebox gift for a child in need this Christmas

This week’s episode of NPO Showcase features Operation Christmas Child, a ministry that helps children in need across the world.
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About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.

Jennie Nichols of Operation Christmas Child

Jennie Nichols of Operation Christmas Child /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Jennie Nichols, Church Relations Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, discusses this outreach ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization that provides aid to people around the world. Through Operation Christmas Child, people can pack up a shoebox gift that will be sent to children in need for Christmas and throughout the year.

To participate, you decide whether you want to pack a shoebox for a boy or a girl, and then fill the shoebox with small gifts, hygiene items and school supplies. Operation Christmas Child asks that you also provide $7 to cover the shipping, which also allows you to track your shoebox and learn its final destination.

National collection week is November 14-21, and you can check out the Operation Christmas Child website for drop-off locations. November 21 is the final deadline to ensure that your shoebox gift arrives by Christmas. Shoeboxes are packed and sent throughout the year as well, and is a fun activity for families or groups.

Watch the NPO Showcase segment above to learn how you can get involved here locally to help a child in need across the world this Christmas and throughout the year. You can also learn more about the program on the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring the Veteran’s Support program through Disability Advocates of Kent County.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Julie Way, at 616.459.4788 x115 or email [email protected].

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