CHARLOTTE, NC (October 13, 2016) – Bonded Logistics, a privately-owned global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, packed a company-record 6,000 shoeboxes during its annual Operation Christmas Child outreach event held last Saturday. This was due in large part to the over 100 employees and family members that volunteered for the Samaritan’s Purse project, which delivers the shoeboxes to needy children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease.
“What a great turnout for our fourth annual Operation Christmas Child packing party,” stated Scott Carr, President of Bonded Logistics. “It’s amazing to see the growth from the effort we’ve put into this project each year. This is an extremely worthy cause that we are helping with, and we couldn’t be more proud of our results. This project is incredibly important to us as an organization, and we are humbled and honored for the opportunity to be able to provide these shoeboxes for children in need. Special thanks to my sister Barbara (Carr Woodall) for working so hard to put this together, the Bonded Outreach Team, and everyone who came out and volunteered their time to help.”
This marks the fourth year in a row that Bonded Logistics has participated in Operation Christmas Child, with a total of 13,000 shoeboxes packed to-date. Bonded’s Community Outreach Team, led by Executive Vice President Barbara Carr Woodall, started ordering supplies in March to ensure everything arrived in time for the pack-out. Shoeboxes this year packed for boys and girls included 18 items such as socks, a shirt, a toothbrush, crayons, a notepad, coloring pages, a stuffed animal, and several toys. Employees and family members spent the morning at Bonded Pac, the contract packaging division of Bonded Logistics, working assembly stations and packaging lines, just as the facility functions every day when working on projects for its clients.
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 collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide—with more than 150,000 of those in the United States—are involved in collecting, shipping and distributing shoeboxes.
“This event at Bonded just keeps growing and growing,” said Keith Burney, Regional Director – Carolinas for Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse. “These boxes are going to the darkest corners of the world. We’ve got partners in these countries that are able to share the good news through these boxes to the children in those areas. These boxes are changing lives, changing families, and changing communities. We want to thank everyone at Bonded for participating in Operation Christmas Child.”
National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is scheduled for November 14-21. If you are interested in donating time or items to be used in the boxes, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.