Christmas begins in January for this Fremont County couple who collect supplies all year for children in need

Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 11:06 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

For this couple in Fremont county, gathering supplies for Christmas starts in January. They coordinate the collection and assembly of shoeboxes to send to children in need. The shoebox ministry is called ‘Operation Christmas Child’ and is coordinated by ‘Samaritan’s Purse.'

Hans and Kimberly Hummel are the coordinators for Operation Christmas Child at Cornerstone Community Church in Riverton, WY.

“It’s really a lot of fun and it’s really neat to see our whole church come together and pack all these boxes. When we had the opportunity to take hold of it, it was just a natural fit for us and we just really enjoy it. It’s just a tangible way to share God’s love with children around the world,” emphasized Hans Hummel.

But the option to donate or volunteer to help with the boxes is not limited to people from this church. Anyone is welcome to help. The supplies can be dropped off at Cornerstone Community Church in Riverton, or they can call the church at 307-856-3750 and arrange to have someone pick up the donation.

Some needs are hygiene items, small toys, washcloths, and school supplies. Donations have to be small enough to fit in a shoe box. The items can’t be liquid, food, camouflage, or war themed, due to the areas in the world they can be sent to.

The boxes are sent to Denver and are shipped to children in need around the world, to war-torn countries, to children in poverty, and to American Indian reservations.

“Pretty much every year we’ve grown the number of boxes we’ve sent. I think we’re in the 600 range right now. Our goal is to try to do more every single year. It’s pretty exciting for a small church in rural Wyoming to ship that many boxes,” stated Hans Hummel.

Boxes will be assembled the second week in November at Cornerstone Community Church and anyone is welcome to help.

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