Branch Baptist volunteer with Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a Samaritan’s Purse ministry that provides shoeboxes to millions of children each year. Theses boxes are filled with toys, clothes, hygiene items and more. Once the shoeboxes leave the local churches they are shipped to one of six processing warehouses across the country. The church volunteers at the warehouse inspect the shoeboxes to make sure they are ready to be shipped over seas.

Branch Baptist Church OCC leaders Dalton and Marquetta Tagert have been taking a group during the Thanksgiving holidays for over 10 years to process shoeboxes at the warehouses. This year was the largest group Branch Church has taken with 19 individuals. The group ranged in age from 14 to 75.

The warehouses have jobs for volunteers who are active and who need to work sitting down. Organizers have even met and heard from individuals who received shoeboxes as a child in the home country. This is an amazing bonding time with church members as well as a joyful, spirit filled time of service to our Lord and His children.

Branch Church encourages others who have not taken this opportunity to consider and begin preparing for next year. “We give God the Glory for this opportunity and pray for all those who will receive shoeboxes in the next coming months,” organizers said.

In the photo: Branch Baptist Church volunteers helped out over Thanksgiving with Operation Christmas Child. Pictured sitting are Tyler Coward, Clay Bates, Casey Bates, and Micheal Ray Latham. Standing,  Steve Smith, Janet Smith, Larry Druery, Dalton Tagert, Marquetta Tagert, Clarence Coward, Mandy Coward, Vaden Latham, Taylor Coward, Staci Herrington, Sophie Wilkerson, Kathy Jo Latham, Micheal Latham, Mayzelle Davis, Skip Davis, and Pastor Geary Walton.