Today we are excited to kick-off our new blog series that will help guide us through the upcoming holiday season and to the end of the year. Join us in welcoming Serve Nashville, a series designed to shine light on local nonprofits and the ways in which you can join them in serving the greater Nashville community and more.
For our first week, we are choosing to feature our one and only international nonprofit, Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian outreach nonprofit that provides emergency relief, community development and vocational programs and medical project as a means of serving as the Church worldwide, promoting the Gospel along the way.
Emergency Relief is provided through assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease and famine; Community Development and Vocational Programs are provided to help break the cycle of poverty through education, food, clothing and shelter; and Medical Projects include providing mission hospitals with life-saving equipment and supplies.
If you’re familiar with Samaritan’s Purse as a nonprofit, it may be because of their large initiative that happens annually around this time year, Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is used as a tangible way to demonstrate God’s love to needy children around the world by sending small, but meaningful, impactful and often unexpected gifts.
So, how can you help out and support Samaritan’s Purse this holiday season? The most simple way is through Operation Christmas Child. Gift ideas include toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy, lollipops, t-shirt, baseball caps, hair clips, watches, and other small, child-friendly items. Items don’t have to be packed in a shoe box, but should be packed in a box with a similar size (etc. a small plastic container). Pick whether your box is for a boy or girl, and choose what age range: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Print out the appropriate boy/girl label by downloading the artwork available on the SP website here. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.
Make sure to include a minimum of a $7 donation (larger donations are accepted, of course!) Now, your box is ready to be dropped-off. There are many drop-off locations throughout the greater Nashville area. This year’s National Drop-Off Week is quickly approaching, from Nov. 12-19.
Drop-Off Locations in Nashville are:
- Woodmont Baptist Church
- West End Community Church
- Thomas Nelson Publishers
- Tusculum Hills Baptist Church
- Bellevue Baptist Church
- Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home
- The People’s Church – Franklin and Spring Hill campuses
To read more about the impact of Operation Christmas Child, visit here to read some personal stories.
If you pack a Christmas Child box, be sure to let us know and encourage your friends and family to do the same. We can’t think of a better way to kick-off the holiday season than by putting together a simple, low-cost box to put a smile on the face of a needy child somewhere in the world.
Volunteers are also needed at this time of year, so if you have time to share, read more about their volunteer needs here.