Spring 2010 Giving Network Agency of the Year, Raleigh Branch

Agency: Downing & Gayle Insurance Services, Raleigh, N.C.
Donation: Operation Christmas Child

Raleigh Agents Allen and Pamela Gayle have a passion for shoe boxes, especially filling them up for needy children. Along with their agency staff, the Gayles have been volunteers with Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, for more than a decade.

“We receive our reward through seeing the children’s smiling faces,” said Pamela Gayle. “A little goes a long way to make a difference in the life of a child.”

Operation Christmas Child collects shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal care items and distributes them to needy children around the world. Last year the organization donated and delivered 8.2 million shoe boxes to children in need.