Operation Christmas Youngster Seeks Native Logistics, Administrative Help Volunteers –

Arianne Greslick (photo provided)

God has gifted his people in unique ways to further his kingdom, and Samaritan wallet volunteers are available through Operation Christmas Child in the West Central Pennsylvania area.

By serving with Samaritan’s purse through Operation Christmas Child year round, you will be part of the preaching of the gospel in more than 100 countries around the world. Any shoebox gift can bring “good news and great joy” to a child in need and their family.

The West Central PA area is currently actively seeking volunteers interested in joining their logistics and administrative support teams in Clearfield, Jefferson, and Indiana counties.

logistics Volunteers greet shoebox workers at local collection points. These volunteers serve as the ministry’s face when shoeboxes and / or donations are turned in to begin their journey around the world.

Administrative support Volunteers organize and manage resources and information for regional and regional teams. Your work is vital in bringing good news and great joy to children in need.

“Operation Christmas Child is so much more than wrapping shoebox gifts,” said Arianne Greslick, head of the central dispensing team. “…. I’ve seen firsthand how it touches so many lives beyond the recipient.

“From the person who fills the shoebox to the myriad of volunteers who handle it and transport it from source to destination, to those who ultimately receive these generous gifts, it really takes an army.”

Greslick has been “blessed” to volunteer for a number of years, but 2020 was her first year as the central delivery director at First Baptist Church in Curwensville.

“… There were many unknowns and challenges to overcome, but God was faithful. In times of uncertainty, I’ve seen such a glimmer of hope … it really is a blessing to be part of such a wonderful organization. “

Interested individuals must complete and submit an online application that includes questions about their personal testimonial, talents and skills, and previous volunteer experience.

Individuals should be willing to provide contact information for one pastoral / spiritual reference and two personal references. Prior to selection, volunteers are expected to agree to and sign the volunteer’s declaration of faith and renunciation.

After completing the online volunteer application process, individuals will be contacted by West Central PA Area Coordinator Karla Sunderlin to arrange a face-to-face interview.

Nearly 575,000 volunteers worldwide – including more than 270,000 in the United States – are involved in collecting, sending and distributing shoebox gifts.

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

Individuals can also email Sunderlin for more information or questions about local volunteer opportunities [email protected] or by phone at 814-496-4456.

About the Operation Christmas Child

In 2020, around 7,809,410 million gifts were wrapped nationwide for the Samaritan wallet project Operation Christmas Child, of which 415,403 were built online.

It’s been a record year for Build a Shoebox Online. Because of community partnership in the United States, more people than ever have chosen to participate this way.

Together with those collected from partner countries in 2020, the ministry is now sending more than 9,113,853 million shoebox gifts to children around the world.

On site, the West Central PA Area collected 13,835 shoebox gifts. The area includes the parishes of Clearfield, Jefferson, and Indiana counties.

Every gift-filled shoebox – packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and toiletries – is a tangible expression of God’s love and 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-hour discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.

This program teaches children about God’s amazing love and what it means to follow Jesus Christ faithfully.

Since 2009, more than 23 million children have participated in the program. Every graduate child receives a New Testament in their own language.

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