Sweetwater calls on volunteers to spread joy to children in need overseas

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Special to the Reporter
Staff Writer

During National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21), Sweetwater residents have an opportunity to join a local volunteer team making a difference in children’s lives around the world in Jesus’ Name.
Each year approximately 150,000 U.S. volunteers help transform empty shoeboxes into tangible expressions of God’s love by packing them with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, partners with local churches worldwide to deliver these gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, terror, disease and famine. For many of these children, this is the first gift they have ever received.
“National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said Naomi Wood who heads up the local Abilene Texas Area Team for Operation Christmas Child. “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.”
To learn more about joining the Abilene Texas Area Team Area Team or to apply for leadership opportunities, visit samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.
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