In 2003 the Guardian reported that: "Samaritan's Purse International (SPI), the evangelical relief agency that runs the Operation Christmas Child initiative, is rewriting its fundraising material following an article in Society last December.
"The charity has appointed also a new director, David Vardy, who could prove controversial among the thousands of schools that support SPI's Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal. As well as being chief executive of SPI's sister charity, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Vardy has been closely involved in the Emmanuel city technology college in Gateshead, which teaches creationist theories of life." 
Resources and articles
- guardian Charity comes clean over appeal, organizational web page, accessed March 17, 2013.