Timothy Plan Employees Join Samaritan’s Purse to Spread Holiday Cheer by Filling Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child

December 14, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. — It has been called the “six handshakes rule,” also known as the six degrees of separation theory, which claims that we can get to know anyone by connecting through six people or even fewer. The employees of Timothy Plan are closing that separation theory gap by joining Samaritan’s Purse in reaching millions of children around the world with Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

“Being part of a tangible expression of God’s love is what we at Timothy Plan want to do this each and every day” says Art Ally, Founder and CEO.

“The missions are to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and with the local churches worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ,” said Cheryl Mumbert, chief marketing officer of Timothy Partner’s LTD. “What began in 1993, as an outreach to children in the war-ravaged Balkans, has developed into a ministry with major impact. To date, more than 171 million children have received gifts in 150 countries.”

When Mumbert suggested the idea of participating in this year’s Operation Christmas Child, the entire staff eagerly embraced the notion. “This is another great opportunity to live out the mission of Timothy Plan, and share the love of Christ,” said Mumbert.”

Several of the team members were familiar with the ministry and had participated in the past. Some of them shared their own stories.

One of the Timothy Partner’s team members, Beth Nelson, recalled working on the assembly line at the Atlanta distribution center for OCC. “It felt like we were Santa’s little helpers preparing the toys for all the children. It was a good feeling.”

Kim Billips, director creative marketing, also shared a story. “When my daughter Gabriela was in elementary school, almost every year her class volunteered to bring in age appropriate gifts to be placed in shoe boxes. One day, as Gabriela was preparing a shoe box, her classmate turned to her and said, ‘my 4 sisters and I were orphans in the Ukraine and these OCC shoeboxes were the first Christmas gifts we ever received’. Their gifts were Barbie Dolls. It was an eye-opening experience for both Gabriela and me.”

Each year, more than 9,000 year-round volunteers get the word out about the Samaritan’s Purse project across the U.S. There are 5,000 drop-off locations open across the country every year during National Collection Week, the third week in November. This, and more information, is detailed at the Operation Christmas Child website.

The first of its kind, Timothy Plan is a family of mutual funds and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) that filters its funds to ensure no money is invested in companies that profit from, or support, any activities that prey on the vulnerable and run contrary to a biblical ethic. For over 26 years, Timothy Plan has been helping Christians achieve their financial goals while investing in a biblically and morally responsible manner. Starting with a singular mutual fund, Timothy Plan has grown to offer 12 mutual funds and 4 strategic-beta ETFs, all subjected to the same rigorous biblical filtering process.

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