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Since 2014, Cars For Sale has supported Operation Christmas Child, a global charitable project organized by Samaritan’s Purse. Operation Christmas Child is a program close to our hearts that delivers shoeboxes full of Christmas cheer to children around the world. From toys to hygiene products to school supplies, each shoebox is packed with love and filled to the brim and then delivered to a child in need.

Shoe box with toys

An Afternoon of Good Cheer

While it’s only an few hours for us, it’s a lifetime of joy for the children receiving our shoeboxes. Before we hit the local stores to fill our boxes, we gather to hear the stories or joy, love and hope these gifts represent and impact they have for children and families across the globe. With inspiration in the air, our employees quickly picked up their shoebox and headed off to nearby stores to find items for their child.

Operation Christmas Child

By the end of the afternoon, our team came together to pack a total of 225 boxes for the cause, all filled with toys and treats for boys and girls ages 2-14.

What Operation Christmas Child Means to Us

Our employees look forward to a time of reflection and giving back. As an organization with core values to give and serve, Operation Christmas Child strikes a chord and allows us to live the values we believe in.

Filling Up Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Kelsey, who loves the holidays more than most and is celebrating her first Christmas here at Cars For Sale, said, “Operation Christmas Child was a great way to start the Christmas spirit for the upcoming holidays! Being able to go out and think of someone outside of the circle of people you know to be able to make that person feel special and remind them they are loved was heart-warming.”

Others like Andrew and Toby have enjoyed participating in this event for several years here at Cars For Sale. Andrew said, “Working with Operation Christmas Child is one of my favorite things about working at Cars For Sale. I always look forward to folding the boxes and helping get the event ready to go. It 100% gets me in the Christmas Spirit!” While Toby looks forward to the smiles on the child’s face. He said, “Operation Christmas Child is a great opportunity to give back and help kids in need around the world. I can just imagine how excited they will be when they open the shoe box just for them!”

How to Participate in Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child boxes on table

Though Operation Christmas Child is an event we participate in every year, anyone can contribute to the cause. Simply visit Samaritan’s Purse to learn more about how you can donate toys and supplies to a child in need before the boxes ship off for the holidays. To find a drop-off location near you, check out the drop-off locator here.

“There’s still time to pack a shoebox for a child in need and to drop it off at one of 5,000 locations nationwide by November 25!” said Dana Williams, with Operation Christmas Child, “Delivered through local ministry partners, simple hygiene items, school supplies, and fun toys can send a powerful message of God’s love through Jesus Christ and let children around the world know they’re not forgotten.”

Why We Love Operation Christmas Child

putting Operation Christmas Child boxes together

Each year, around the holidays, some families who cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts for their children. As kids, we all know how joyful this time of year can be when you see a few boxes under the Christmas tree. Operation Christmas Child allows us to give that joy we’ve received each year back to those who may have never felt it before during the holidays. There’s nothing that spreads joy like giving back to those who need it and feeling that joy within.

Are you an organization that spreads joy and cheer, but needs a few extra hands? Contact our HR Department at hr@carsforsale.com.

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Erin Maxson

Erin loves nothing more than a good road trip. To her, getting behind the wheel is one of the biggest adventures you can take because it can lead to anywhere. Alongside her Toyota Tundra, you'll find her co-pilot pup, Rory, and a 1976 Airstream Argosy in tow. Her motto: Life is a scenic road, take your time and enjoy the ride.

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