It's hard to believe that Operation Christmas Child is over for another year. We've finished with National Collection Week and the shoe boxes that we collected are on the truck and on the way to the processing center.
The Mid-Texas area OCC cover 5 1/2 counties across the middle of Texas. We have Robertson, Falls, Milam, Bell, the southern 1/2 of Coyrell, and Lampasas counties. All of these counties are very rural, except for Bell county and Bell still has lots of rural areas. We cover almost 300 miles from east to west. We have 4 relay centers and our collection center. The collection center is located at Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple, TX. The relay centers in Bremond, Rosebud, Killeen, and Copperas Cove feed their shoeboxes in to us. We are very excited that this year our shoebox collection increase by 13.7%. We collected a total of 13,640 shoeboxes! That means that 13,640 children around the world will have the opportunity to hear about Jesus.
As year round volunteers, we are taking December off and then in January, we will start reaching out to the churches and groups that filled shoeboxes by finding ways to tell them thank you. So to everyone who filled a shoebox this year, whether in the Mid-Texas area or somewhere else, we say thank you. You have made a difference in your simple gift!