I LOVE Operation Christmas Child. Our family LOVES Operation Christmas Child. Every year, we put together shoe boxes for children around the world, and take so much joy in sharing what we have with others! We teach our children using this outreach about those around the world who are less fortunate, and help them to have hearts that love to give. They fill out their own boxes and love it! This year we are having a OCC Packing Party with a kit from Samaritan's Purse, and we couldn't be more excited! Praise God for the opportunity to love on kids throughout the world!!!!
Operation Samaritans purse is a wonderful program. Our family is feeling two shoeboxes to be sent to needy children. This is a well managed charity where 88% of the funds go directly to the recipients. I would rate it five stars except the CEO Franklin Graham receives a salary of $443,000 a year. I don't know how that guy sleeps at night.
Review from Guidestar
Other ministries should take their cues from Samaritan's Purse! There are so very many reasons to praise this organization! Perhaps the most praise-worthy thing that they do is that they live out the Gospel in a very concrete way!
Operation Christmas Child is one of my favorite charities! I have great joy all year long, collecting items to fill shoe boxes, knowing that these gifts will bring joy to child, and in particular, that the gift will be accompanied by an invitation to grow closer to Christ!
We are all born with special gifts, and it is my belief that if everyone tapped into their talents, and used them to help each other, there would be peace and harmony in our world.
Just like nature created animals, each with different yet important roles, I believe that humans were created with different roles to fill, too. But, as greed for money and power mixes with fears it interferes with universal law. We get out of balance--and disaster strikes.
That's why I am inspired to give--money and time--to help restore balance. We must spread awareness of important causes and to inspire others to speak up.
One of my special talents, which I believe many other people possess, too, is my voice. I believe I was put here to help those that cannot speak through written and verbal words. So, right now, part of my mission is to spread awareness of injustices around the world, to women, children, men, and the refugees fleeing Syria. I am doing this through my own social channels, by sharing stories and promoting orgs that are helping refugees, like Samaritan's Purse, and through my pro bono work with TheToolbox.org and Humanise (founded by iconic musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel).
If you think there's nothing you can do you are wrong. Now, more than ever, those of us that can speak up for those without a voice must find the courage do so. If you don't have money to give don't worry about that. You can still share stories on social media and talk to friends to spread awareness.
Calming fears, educating my peers, supporting courageous acts and inspiring greatness is what drives me to give.
Review from #MyGivingStory
I have been donating to Samaritans Purse for years. I like the diversity in the work they do. I like the Christian emphasis of this non profit. I like the transparency they have before the ECFA, with very high percentages of the money they receive going directly to recipients.
I find it funny that people would come on here and talk about contraception or any other contraversial issues. Samaritan's Purse goes into areas where there is total devistation along with ongoing dire projects. Sometimes before the Red Cross or anyone else is there. If people criticizing them are more concerned with their politics over the most basic needs people desperately need, then I would say they have thier priorities severely out of line.
Integrity, compassion and accountability are hallmarks of this organization. First responders during both domestic and international disasters, Samaritans Purse strives to be first to offer assistance as a tangible expression of God's love. Projects under its umbrella include Operation Christmas Child, Children's Heart Project, World Medical Mission and many others.
I have been a small donor to Samaritan's Purse for several years. My payments are set up on a monthly automatic draft. I also participate in their Children's Christmas packages (Operation Christmas Child). If you use one of their labels you can track your box and see what country it went to, which I enjoyed. Their disaster relief is wonderful and we have had them in our state several times. The volunteers have helped clean up neighborhoods struck by tornadoes and prayed with many of the victims. They are a Christian organization and therefore will promote Christianity in everything they do.
Review from Guidestar
This is a true charity! I could never fully say enough about what they have done to help anyone who needs help even if it was dangerous or life threatening! It is an organization like this that strengthenshe the belief in God and humanity!
We are a team of college students that have been assigned the task of evaluating a charity for an international development. Through our research of Samaritan's Purse we have found them to be a very large international development organization. They work primarily in the developing world, and do very little aid work in the United States. There is substantial evidence that their projects have impacted the lives of people in the developing world. For example, their water projects have helped to provide clean drinking water for thousands of people in Africa. Another impressive aspect of Samaritan's Purse is the efficiency in which they spend donation money. They have very little administrative overhead, which allows close to 90℅ of donation money goes directly to funding development projects.
There are also some concerns that surround Samaritan's Purse, their leader , Franklin Graham, is a very conservative Christian. He has made comments about homosexuals and people of Islam that some people may find offensive. There is some evidence that this extremism has certain effects on their projects. For example, they refuse to administer birth control to men or women because it does not conform to their beliefs. This is a concern because it shows that they are unable to separate their religious beliefs and their work in devbeloping countries. This charity may not be for everyone, if you find your beliefs aligned with the views of Franklin Graham this may be the perfect charity for you, but we would advise caution as this charity seems to have a fairly extreme religious and political bend.
Samaritan's Purse is ethical all the way, and they've been incredibly responsive to me every time I've had a query about their livestock-related projects. My passion is ethical treatment of animals, and they've given me detailed descriptions of the training they give the recipients of their livestock animals as far as humane treatment, sound husbandry principles, and their Biblical philosophy regarding humans' responsibility to care properly for animals. One of my greatest joys every Christmas is choosing charity gifts from the Samaritan's Purse catalog. I recommend them with no hesitation to any donors considering making a contribution of any size.