Mary Damron, national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Eastside Vineyard Church, 333 Jericho Road.

Mary Damron, national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Eastside Vineyard Church, 333 Jericho Road.

A project of the international relief organization Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child hand-delivers shoeboxes filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candy to children in need.

Damon, who is known as "Mama Gump," has traveled to many locations through her work with Operation Christmas Child, including Sarajevo, Kosovo and the Dominican Republic.