National Collection Week 2016 was one to remember! We volunteered over 80 hours at the local Collection Center during the week and helped get 18,965 shoeboxes from the donor’s hands to the trail bound for the Processing Center. Take a look at the photos below for a behind-the-scenes look at the Collection Center!
Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week – Nov. 14-21, 2016
Welcome to the local Collection Center!
There are hundreds of shoeboxes lining the walls of the Collection Center, waiting to be packing into cartons!
Look at the growing line of cars waiting to drop off shoeboxes!
Some vehicles arrived stuffed to the roof with shoeboxes – wow!
There’s no room for even one more shoebox!
Once the shoeboxes are unloaded from the car, they are stacked in groups of 5 and counted.
Then the shoeboxes are packed into OCC shipping cartons.
Each shoebox is check to make sure it has a marked Boy/Girl label.
Up to 32 volunteers signed up to help at the Collection Center each day.
These shipping cartons are filled with shoeboxes and are ready to be loaded onto the semi trailer.
In this area, shoeboxes are being created with items collected all year long.
These wonderful volunteers are helping fill shoeboxes!
Our strong trailer-loading team of guys worked hard to get the truck loaded.
One of the Relay Centers arrived with a horse trailer full of shoeboxes!
Another Relay Center brought a U-Haul truck full of shoeboxes!
Here’s another shot of our epic trailer-loading guys!
With 3 full trailers, the remaining cartons wait for the 4th trailer to arrive.
The Collection Center collected 18,965 shoeboxes! Hooray!
At night, the Collection Center is aglow with colorful Christmas lights!