Through Operation Christmas Child, an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, you can pack a personalized shoebox of inexpensive gift items and a personal note for delivery to a needy child somewhere in the world. This is a great way to practice the value of giving with your own child. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered some 69 million gift-filled shoe boxes to boys and girls in more than 130 countries. Visit www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child.
Compassion International, a Christian child sponsorship organization provides food, shelter, education, health care, and Christian training to children in poverty. They help more than 1.4 million babies, children and students in 26 countries through a holistic program of Christ-based child development. Visit www.compassion.com to sponsor a child and send a life-changing Christmas gift.
Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. Volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel in the name of their prisoner-parent. They share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners who often feel abandoned. Visit www.prisonfellowship.org/programs/angel-tree.
Others to consider locally It is impossible to list every charity that is doing worthwhile work. Here are a few more local organizations to consider when giving.
Cross International, based in South Florida, is a Christian relief and development organization that serves the poorest of the poor internationally by channeling aid through existing churches or church-based ministries. They provide food, shelter, water, education, medical care and emergency aid to the poor in over 36 developing countries across the globe. Visit www.crossinterational.org/takeaction.
HOPE South Florida partners with the Christian community and other agencies to serve homeless and hurting individuals and families in South Florida. Through these partnerships they are providing housing, mentoring relationships and community one-stop service centers to see broken families renewed and lives restored. Visit hopesouthflorida.org
4KIDS of South Florida is committed to providing a home for every child in crisis whether they are living on the streets, in group homes, or in foster care. Through a partnership of committed individuals, churches, corporations, and government agencies, 4KIDS has brought HOPE to over 18,000 children in 17 years. Visit www.4kidsofsfl.org.
The mission of Sheridan House Family Ministries is to honor Christ by serving the needs of children and families in South Florida. They provide marriage and family seminars, a Parenting on Purpose radio show, a counseling center, single parent ministry and residential care for boys and girls with behavioral and emotional issues. Visit www.sheridanhouse.org.