Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities. They ship these simple gifts to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.
At Computronix, we want to be an active part of our community, which includes supporting organizations and causes that are making a difference around the world and that are important to our employees. This support can be in the form of financial, volunteering, and even holding fundraising events.
Computronix first became involved in supporting Operation Christmas Child three years ago. As Tammy has pointed out, every employee can be involved with Operation Christmas Child in different ways, “You can give money, you can bring shoeboxes, you can bring gifts so someone else can make a shoebox, and you can volunteer at the shoebox processing center to get things ready to ship overseas.”
Employees in the Edmonton office gathered to contribute their time packing shoeboxes, giving gifts, donating funds and holding the coffee fundraiser for our Operation Christmas Child Packing. With the combined effort they packed 77 shoeboxes which will be headed out to 77 beautiful children.
This year, the volunteer team from Computronix USA spent an evening volunteering at the local Operation Christmas Child shoebox processing center. Each team starts on an assembly line, sorting and packaging shoe boxes to be shipped to other countries. Each box takes about 1 minute for the team to go through, so the Computronix team was able to process thousands of shoeboxes. As Tammy has discovered, “Volunteering is a unique opportunity for our employees to get to know their coworkers in a different way. You work with them every day, but then you get to do this service project with them and you see everybody in a different light. It’s fun to get to know each other better.”
After the shoeboxes are sorted and packaged, they are shipped to children who will receive possibly their very first gift. Tammy and other Computronix employees are thrilled to participate in helping these children feel loved, “There are people who they don’t know far, far away who do care about them, want to make them feel special, and give them a happy day.”