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Samaritan’s Purse Fundraiser Hosted by Moving Ahead

Communications Fills Gaps for Children’s Charity


The holiday season is fast approaching. This means, chief

among other things, fundraising time for the Samaritan’s

Purse International annual Operation Christmas Child. And

teaming up with a fundraiser for them is Moving Ahead

Communications (MAC), an Ohio-based business support

services company.


“Samaritan’s Purse operates wonderful emergency relief,

community development, vocational programs worldwide for

people of all ages,” said Diana Barnum, freelance writer

and president of MAC. “And being a mom and teacher, I

particularly like how they impact the lives of vulnerable

children through their clothing, educational, feeding and

shelter programs, letting them know they are not



Although MAC began 1984, with the design of

greeting cards in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, initial work

began several years earlier, in 1979. During that year, the

company's founder, Diana Barnum, was awarded a Teaching

Associate position at The Ohio State University, Department

of Spanish, where many of the original concepts and

materials for Moving Ahead were started. Over the years,

the company has grown to help companies worldwide with a

variety of business support services.


To help raise funds and support Samaritan's Purse/Operation

Christmas Child, MAC will donate ten percent of all

purchases made through their Gift-Gallery division online

at: to Operation Christmas



“Filling a shoebox is a fun activity for families, church

groups and other companies and organizations to do

together,” said Barnum. “You can set up mini-assembly lines

in your homes and have Operation Shoebox parties, filling

up boxes with donations contributed by everyone while

enjoying snacks and fellowship. Kids also like to join in

and often fill up shoeboxes on their own with their

allowance and other Christmas funds they’ve saved.


An area lacking, though, is money for shipping a lot of these boxes

overseas. And that’s where we want to help – plus fill gaps

with more shoebox gifts and shoeboxes (we like to donate

plastic shoe-sized boxes over traditional cardboard ones so

that children and their families can use them year-round

for storage).”


Samaritan’s Purse


Samaritan’s Purse International was created based on the

biblical mandate found in Luke 10:30-37, describing how the

Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by,

Jesus told His hearers, "Go and do likewise." The

world-renowned group Samaritan’s Purse aids the world’s

poor, sick and suffering, offering food, medicine and

assistance through emergency relief programs, among them

its holiday flagship program, Operation Christmas Child.


Operation Christmas Child


Operation Christmas Child provides gift-filled shoe boxes

for children around the world. Its overriding purpose is to

help people of all ages be involved in providing toys and

sharing God’s love to children around the globe. Operation

Christmas Child purchases and accepts donations, toys and

other presents that are placed into shoeboxes and then

shipped around the world.


In 2005, nearly 7.6 million gift-filled shoeboxes were

created and shipped to children in over 90 countries.

Recommended gift ideas included small toys, school

supplies, hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar

soap, comb, washcloth), hard candy, gum, T-shirts, socks,

ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches,

flashlights (with extra batteries). A note to the child

(addressed for a possible reply from the recipient) and

photo were in some.


Items not allowed in the shoeboxes included: used or

damaged items; war-related items such as

toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food;

liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable

items such as snow-globes or glass containers; aerosol



How to Participate / Deadline


To participate in the fundraiser:


- Visit:  and place gift orders:

fresh flowers, gourmet goodies, gift baskets, corporate

gifts and more for all occasions.


- Bookmark the link, saving it in your Favorites (or other) folder


 - Share the site link with friends, families, co-workers and others


 - Place gift orders early, by November 12, 2006, to meet the

National Collection week deadline on this end which is

November 13-20, so that children get their packages in time

for Christmas.


- Return to the site for all gift-giving occasions year-round

(it’s a fundraiser site 24/7), updated regularly with online specials


For more information on Moving Ahead Communications and

their fundraising opportunities, contact them at 3288 Darby

Glen Blvd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026; call: (614) 529-9459.

Visit them online and sign up for their complimentary newsletter



Free Fun Stuff!


Internet visitors can head to the Samaritan’s Purse website

and download lots of fun stuff. There are coloring pages

for children, an assortment of clip art and more.


For more information and to download items, contact

Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child, 801 Bamboo

Road, Boone, NC 28607; call (800)353-5949 and visit them

online at:




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conjunction with Moving Ahead Communications to help

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