Operation Care International (OCI) held what the local news media has described as “the nation’s largest Christmas party for the homeless” on December 18, 2010 at the Dallas Convention Center. With a theme of “Reuniting the Family: A Christmas to Remember,” Christmas Gift 2010 is a culmination of the miraculous outpouring of God’s love and provision when His people pray and are willing to answer a call to go forth.
For the seventh year, OCI has utilized the efforts of thousands of humble and caring volunteers in partnership with charitable organizations, church groups, sponsors (corporate, small business and individuals) and donors to give a Christmas Gift to the homeless. Food, clothing, shoes and services are distributed to the homeless men, women and children in a festive, comfortable and safe environment. Six months prior to the event, planning begins in order to coordinate materials and thousands of man hours of effort required to create a special day for the homeless and families in need. Guests and volunteers alike agree that the “Spirit of Christmas” is present, from beginning to end.
• An event proclamation by Councilman Sheffie Kadane
• Letters of greetings and recognition from Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, Pete Sessions and Sam Johnson, US House of Representatives
• Special recognition for homeless veterans, all branches of military service were represented
• 11,000+ homeless guests, 10 busloads of guests arrived from Dallas and Fort Worth area shelters
• 3,207 volunteers representing 532 organizations, groups and churches
• 1,849 professions of faith
• “Operation Call Home” connected 30 homeless guests to their families via cellphone
• 6,500 meals prepared and served by Texas Baptist Men, 14,000 bottles of Gatorade and Hundreds of loaves of bread (Allan Spillers and Friends)
• Praise, Worship and Entertainment provided by 23 different groups
• Truckloads (312+ pallets) coats, clothes and shoes: warehoused and delivered (Exchange Logistics); Campus Crusade for Christ, “GAiNUSA” (clothing, shoes, personal care products); Baylor University Medical Center (22 pallets of toys and hundreds of coats); Buckner International (thousands of pair of new shoes and socks); Feed the Children (new shoes and socks)
• Participation by ten area hospitals and medical providers (Baylor, Parkland, UT Southwestern)
• Event media coverage from KCBI (90.9 FM radio), KLTY (94.9 FM radio), KAJN (102.9 FM radio), Fox4 TV, CBS 11 TV and Daystar TV.