Operation Christmas Child Kicks Off This Week

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)- Millions of children will be without presents this year for Christmas.

Not unless Samaritans Purse has anything to say about it. Operation Christmas Child is in full effect as shoe boxes are being dropped off all across the nation.

The shoe boxes contain a stuffed animal, a toy, a tooth brush, deodorant, coloring books, and school supplies. These shoe boxes will sent all across the world to children in need of supplies.

We asked one of the volunteers for Operation Christmas Child on how it feels to help out. “Well I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years And each year it’s just what thanksgiving is all about. It’s giving back to children who have nothing and it just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling on a cold wet day” said Debbie Vanaman drop off coordinator for Operation Christmas Child in Beckley.

The goal for Operation Christmas Child this year is raise 11 million shoe boxes and deliver them to children in need. The last day to drop shoe boxes is next Monday, November 19th.

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Matt Bullock is currently the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WOAY-TV Matt Bullock has always dreamed about becoming a meteorologist since he was 5 years old. He would draw the 7-day forecast on a wall made out of chalk paint that his mom painted for the family to use. Growing up his role models were Greg Fishel on WRAL, his older sisters, and his parents. Matt loves all kinds of weather including; hurricanes, severe weather, and snowstorms. Matt grew up in Cary, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a bachelors of science in earth and environmental science with a concentration of atmospheric science in June of 2018. He is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed an internship at WRAL in Raleigh, NC during the summer of 2017, winter of 2017, and summer of 2018. Matt moved to West Virginia to take his first job as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter at WOAY. You can find him on the weekends at 6 and 11 pm at WOAY-TV When Matt isn’t working he enjoys watching sports. His teams are the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and his alma mater Charlotte 49ers. He also enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends and family. He is always keeping his eyes on the skies as he is keeping up with the weather three times a day. Have any tips or weather questions? Email me mbullock@woay.com