A kickoff rally will be held tonight for Operation Christmas Child in Jacksonville.
The rally will be held at the E.J. Hines Baptist Center in Jacksonville, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The speaker is John Holden, who is the current director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Jacksonville and Onslow County schools. He also worked for several years with Operation Christmas Child.
Events are also planned at Glad TIdings Church in Morehead City on September 13 and in New Bern on September 12 at Tabernacle Church.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse. Last year, more than 7,300 shoeboxes containing a Gospel storybook and other items were sent from the Jacksonville center. Statewide, 900,000 boxes were processed. Nationally, that number was nine million, sent to more than 130 countries.