By Kristina Smith, Producer - Your Carolina - email
an international ministry to needy children around the world. These shoebox gifts, in many cases, are the only gift these children will ever receive. OCC is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse with headquarters in Boone, NC. The Upstate Team covers nine counties from the Georgia border to the NC border. Currently, we have about 16 volunteers along with a collection group. We are always looking for more team members throughout our nine county area. The goal for the Upstate is 100,000 shoeboxes, so we need everyone to pack one more shoebox than last year!
We encourage people to pack a box a month, so they don't get to the Christmas season and find it difficult to pack shoeboxes in addition to buying gifts for their own families. Also, many churches and community groups like: scouts, 4-H, colleges will collect items every month in order to do a packing party in October.