Wild Adventures Theme Park and Operation Christmas Child Team Up

Valdosta, GA - October 20, 2012

Wild Adventures Theme Park (WA) kicks off its 2012 Shoebox Challenge with Operation Christmas Child. This year, the park challenges the communities in the region to donate more gift-filled shoeboxes than ever before.

To encourage community support, Wild Adventures Theme Park is offering free park tickets for the 2013 season to churches that sign up for the challenge. Once churches sign up, they can earn even more free tickets by donating incrementally more shoeboxes.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational Christian organization providing worldwide spiritual and physical aid.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, has hand-delivered gift boxes in over 130 countries to more than 90 million children. For many, these are the first presents they’ve ever received.

“Christmas is a wonderful tradition at Wild Adventures and the Shoebox Challenge is a way we can share the joyous season with children around the world,” said Molly Deese, general manager and vice president, Wild Adventures Theme Park. “Not only is this an opportunity to connect with our local community but an opportunity to bring Christmas love and hope to families across the globe.”

The challenge leads into National Collection Week: November 12-19. Packing a shoebox is simple. Fill shoeboxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, candy and a letter of encouragement.

Then drop off the box at one of the 3,200 collection sites. Step-by-step shoebox packing instructions are available at http://www.SamaritansPurse.org/OCC.

For more information about the Wild Adventures Theme Park Shoe Box Challenge and Operation Christmas Child, visit: http://www.wildadventures.com/shoebox

About Wild Adventures Theme Park:

Wild Adventures Theme Park is a 170-acre theme park, water park, and animal park all in one place for less located in Valdosta, Georgia. The park features one of the largest ride collections in the South, hundreds of exotic animals, Splash Island Water Park, the region’s largest water park, shows, festivals and all-star concerts. The park is owned and operated by Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), a company specializing in family entertainment. For more than half a century, HFE has owned, operated or partnered in 26 properties across ten states, including Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City; operating partner with Dolly Parton in Tennessee’s Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country; operating partner in Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park and owners of Ride the Ducks amphibious tours in six cities.

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