SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX., Nov. 13, 2014 – Frank Sears says you are never too old to be used by God. What started as a simple project in 2000 to build a trophy for the winner of the Hopkins community stew cook-off, has now developed into Sears making hundreds of toy cars for children.
“I had spare supplies from the trophy I was building and didn’t want them to go to waste, so I decided to put to my hands to work and see what I could make” Frank Sears of Sulphur Springs said.
He has now built over 100 of these unique and colorful toy cars for Operation Christmas Child, each to be placed in a shoebox for a little boy.
“I enjoy making these cars and trucks and I hope that each of these toys will bring joy to these kids living in difficult circumstances,” added Sears.
For many of these children this gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. It’s because of participants like Sears that this Christmas project is possible.
Sears’ story is already getting attention and has almost 30,000 likes on Facebook. He says that even though he is receiving some excitement he wants to keep the focus on what really matters and what started this initiative.
“It’s really all about sharing the love of Jesus, to let these little ones know that they are loved and not forgotten,” Sears said.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in more than 150 countries. In 2014, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 10 million children, with almost 20,000 from the Northeast Texas area.
For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (817) 595-2230 or visit samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 17-24; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. Participants can also build a shoebox through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries.
Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their boxes online and discover the country to which their gifts will be delivered to children in need. To register a shoebox gift, use the online donation form at samaritanspurse.org.