By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com December 11 2002 12:00 AM ET
Operation Christmas Child, a gift drive being organized by evangelical Christian outreach agency Samaritan's Purse Christian Relief, is planning to deliver more than 6 million shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and candy to children infected with and affected by HIV in more than 100 countries this Christmas. The project is being spearheaded by Franklin Graham, the son of televangelist Billy Graham. Graham says that America's churches and religious groups need to get more involved in HIV/AIDS outreach, and worry less about how people contract the AIDS virus. "I hope that in this country we can get churches involved in helping people with HIV/AIDS. I want it in every church's missionary budget," he said.