Thanks to some family friends, we had pleasure of serving at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Boone, NC yesterday. We have packed boxes in the past, but it was neat to peek behind the scenes at a processing center and see what happens to all those boxes at their last stop before leaving the US.
The Processing Centers (PC for short) operate two shifts during their peak season, which this year runs from November 22 - December 17. We decided to volunteer for the first shift, so we started at 9 am and finished at 5 pm. After checking in, getting our name tags and watching a two short introductory and training videos, we were led to the tables we would be working at and introduced to our Team Leader.
Each processing center has a number of positions (like Team Leaders) that are seasonal paid positions. If you have the time and interest, you can find out more here.
Each processing station has a basic, five-step process.
You can see more in my pictures below:
We had a really good time at Samaritan's Purse. I'm pretty sure we'll go back and volunteer again sometime. We may even make it a yearly family tradition during the Christmas season. We were all tired after working an 8 hour shift, so I don't know if we'll work that long of a shift again, though.
One word of advice, however; we all came away with sore shoulders and necks from having been bent over the tables for so long. The only break we took during the day was a lunch break from about 1 to 2. When got there, we were told to take a break every hour or two and our Team Leader kept encouraging us to do so, but we didn't listen. By the end of the day, we wish we had...I'm sure it would have helped.
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