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Operation Christmas Child Seeking Volunteers

Saturday, July 24, 2021 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

VolunteersJEFFERSON CO., Pa. – Various volunteer roles are available with Samaritan’s Purse through Operation Christmas Child in the West Central Pennsylvania region.

Currently, the West Central PA Area is actively seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on its community and student relations teams in Clearfield, Jefferson, and Indiana Counties.

Community relations volunteers are ambassadors within their local communities, and they engage and equip groups, businesses, and civic organizations to become actively involved with Operation Christmas Child.

Student relations volunteers serve as an advocate for Operation Christmas Child in schools, universities, and student organizations, so that young people become engaged in the ministry and have the opportunity to impact lives worldwide.

“Each year-round volunteer, participating church, group, and individual shoebox packer is the heart and soul and engine driving Operation Christmas Child,” shares Randy Riddle, OCC senior director.

“Together, we are rallying around the opportunity and calling to serve Jesus in this way—with urgency to introduce more and more children to a loving God through His son Jesus Christ.”

Interested individuals must complete and submit an online application, which includes questions about their personal testimony, gifts and abilities, and previous volunteer experience.

Individuals should be prepared to provide contact information for one pastoral/spiritual reference and two personal references. Prior to selection, volunteers will be expected to agree to and sign the ministry’s statement of faith and volunteer waiver.

After the completion of the online volunteer application process, individuals will be contacted by West Central PA Area Coordinator Karla Sunderlin to schedule an in-person interview.

Nearly 575,000 volunteers worldwide — with more than 270,000 of those in the United States — are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.

For more information or to apply for volunteer opportunities through Operation Christmas Child, please visit

For more information or questions about the local volunteer opportunities, individuals may also contact Sunderlin via e-mail at [email protected] or phone at 814-496-4456.

About Operation Christmas Child

In 2020, some 7,809,410 million gifts were packed nationwide for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, with 415,403 built online. It was a record year for Build a Shoebox Online. Because of partnership in communities across the United States, more people than ever chose to participate in this way. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2020, the ministry is now sending more than 9,113,853 million shoebox gifts to children around the world.

Locally, the West Central PA Area collected 13,835 shoebox gifts. The area encompasses the communities of Clearfield, Jefferson, and Indiana counties.

Each gift-filled shoebox — packed with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items — is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 186 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Many children who receive shoebox gifts will also enroll in Operation Christmas Child’s 12-lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. This program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.

Since 2009, more than 23 million children have participated in the program. Every child who graduates is given a New Testament in their own language.

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