Billy Graham Library to welcome hundreds of motorcyclists from across the region on Oct. 19 for 12th annual “Bikers With Boxes”

Annual Charity Ride Collects Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 18, 2019 – Carrying gifts for children in need, motorcyclists from across the southeastern U.S. will converge at the Billy Graham Library on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. “Bikers With Boxes” draws more than 1,000 bikers each year to the Billy Graham Library. Since the event began, these generous bikers have collected more than 32,000 gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

In addition to shoebox collection, the Billy Graham Library will provide free lunch to participating motorcyclists and tours of The Journey of Faith—where guests can glimpse into the history behind the personal and public life of Rev. Billy Graham and see how God used a farm boy from North Carolina to share the love of Christ around the world. The tour houses six exhibits, two theaters and four galleries of memorabilia from Graham’s decades of ministry.

Yuliya Shubina, a recipient of a shoebox when she was a 9-year-old living in Central Asia who now volunteers with Operation Christmas Child, will also speak to attendees.

For more information about “Bikers With Boxes” and other upcoming events at the Billy Graham Library, visit

About the Billy Graham Library:

The Billy Graham Library opened in 2007 and has since welcomed more than 1.4 million visitors from around the world. The Library is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Library and The Journey of Faith is free.

For more information on the Library and upcoming events, or to schedule a group tour, please visit You can also stay connected with the Billy Graham Library on these social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and on the Library blog.

About Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

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