Operation Christmas Child was a huge success for Erath County once again this year. First Christian Church of Stephenville serves as the central collection point for all of Erath County. There were 950 gift boxes collected this year. The gift boxes were packaged up and loaded on to a truck and trailer and delivered to the next consolidation point in Weatherford. These gift boxes contained toys, hygiene items, clothing, school supplies and candy. The sponsors of the Operation Christmas Child effort (Samaritan's Purse) also adds a Christian message and invitation to accept Jesus Christ in each gift box as well. These boxes are shipped all over the world so this message is written in the language that is native to the area of the box's final destination. For many of these children, this is the only gift that they have ever received in their entire lives.
"These gift boxes brighten the lives of children who are much less fortunate than us and brings countless numbers of these children to accept Jesus Christ into their lives" said David Swearingen.