The rain didn't stop the cheerful boxes from coming in to Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian.
"These boxes are shipped all over the world, everywhere, and they are given to children.," said Bobbie Thorpe, a member of Northcrest.
We may be entering the holiday season now, but for at least one church, the giving season started over the spring.
"We are a mission-minded church and the mission is love," said the Rev. Oscar J. Holt of Old Enterprise Baptist Church.
Northcrest members are assisting Rev. Holt, whose church started bringing in items last March. Since then, they have put together around 300 boxes.
"Just love and realizing that we are blessed in America, and that other people don't have the same things we have, so we try to share," Holt said.
Boxes filled with toys, candy, toothbrushes, socks and the like will be loaded onto 18-wheeler trucks to begin their journey around the world.. Last year, the Meridian region filled one full truck and half of another one.
"It's a privilege just to see what it does, because this is the only things some of these kids get all year," said Les Moore, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for three years. "And if we can be a part of helping them have a good, merry Christmas, that is what Christmas is all about, Christ. "
The church will continue collecting through this week and also Saturday and Monday.