7 Reasons You Should NOT Participate in Operation Christmas Child
November 9, 2015
Each and every year around this time, thousands of churches around the country participate in an organization called Operation Christmas Child. If you are unfamiliar with Operation Christmas Child, the gist is this: churches distribute pre-printed shoebox-sized cardboard boxes, which are then filled by families with toys, trinkets, and basic necessity items like toothbrushes and shipped off to children in non-first world countries so they can have something to open at Christmas time.
1. Supporting Operation Christmas Child means supporting the “ministry” of Franklin Graham.
And Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, appears to be making a valiant attempt to go down in history as the Donald Trump of theology. His Facebook and Twitterfeeds are a never-ending font of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic and otherwise bigoted vitriol. …
4. The shoeboxes themselves are both racist and sexist.
The boxes handed out by churches come emblazoned with cartoon illustrations of barefoot Latino and African children the likes of which you might find in colonialist missionary hagiography or Party City Halloween catalogues. …
5. It’s not just a charity—it’s an evangelism machine for conservative Christianity.
Sure, you and your church may not include tracts or religious material along with the toys and toothbrushes you pack, but Operation Christmas Child absolutely does. And the literature they include is of Graham’s particular brand of Christianity—fundamentalist, conservative, and evangelical. …
The ignorance and bias this writer displayed is palpable, as is her actual agenda: The wrong sort of people should not be allowed to do charitable things, and when they do MUST BE SHUT DOWN!
So, how did that work out for her and her fellow ideologues? HEH!!!
Franklin Graham, Operation Christmas Child Sets New Record Delivering 11M Gifts to Children Worldwide
BY SAMUEL SMITH, CP REPORTER
December 29, 2015|3:57 pm
shoeboxes to underprivileged children in the impoverished Caribbean nations of Belize and Haiti.
On Monday, Graham, the president of the the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, along with Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, distributed shoeboxes filled with gifts for Operation Christmas Child.
Graham and Van Susteren also traveled to Haiti on Tuesday to hand out gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need at the Haiti-based Greta Home and Academy. Although it is unclear as to how many children in Haiti and Belize received the gift boxes, Graham posted on his Facebook page Monday night that the gifts brought happiness and hope into the underprivileged children’s lives.
After 10.5 million gift-filled shoeboxes were donated worldwide in 2014, Operation Christmas Child Domestic Director Randy Riddle told The Christian Post that as of Tuesday, over 11.2 million shoeboxes have been donated in 2015, which sets a new operation yearly record.