Over 13,000 shoeboxes collected for Operation Christmas Child

Volunteers from St. Mary’s FBLA are, from left, Madeline Godfrey, Abby Williams, Noah Heard and Jensen Parker.

The occurrence of Covid-19 and two hurricanes did not prevent individuals, groups, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses from packing shoeboxes. These shoeboxes will go to over 150 third world countries to bring cheer and hope.

The West Central La team, (Red River, Sabine, Winn and Natchitoches parishes) collected 13,120 shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

The four drop off center totals were as follows:

Red River Parish 2195 shoeboxes

(Martin Church-Susan Longino)

Sabine Parish

(Calvary in Many – Cherry Wells)

2286 shoeboxes

(Mitchell in Converse – Glenna Ott)

701 shoeboxes

Winn Parish

(First Baptist Winnfield – Jeanine Ford)

1967 shoeboxes

Natchitoches Parish

(First Baptist Natchitoches – Brenda Ingram)

5,971 shoeboxes

Two and half 18-wheelers were packed with 350 cartons with over 5,000 shoeboxes. Mike McConathy and the NSU basketball team, Ragan Kaufman, Mark Dawson and NCHS baseball team, Sheriff Stuart Wright, NPSO deputies and detectives, Louie Bernard, David Stamey, Scooter Perot and family that helped move and load the cartons onto the trucks.

Some countries we are aware that the boxes have been delivered to in 2020 are Mexico, Mali, Cameroon, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, and Ecuador.  Wherever they may be delivered we are assured that the hope and love of Jesus will be shared.

Big thanks to all who participated in this ministry. For more information, visit samaritanspurse.org or call Area Coordinator Pansy Guice at 318-471-7160