Operation Christmas Child in full swing

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Article Published: Dec. 15, 2011 | Modified: Dec. 15, 2011
Operation Christmas Child in full swing

Operation Christmas Child ships shoeboxes filled with items for children suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, famine and poverty the world over.

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Volunteers have been working at High Country-area collection sites where thousands of shoe boxes packed with school supplies, toys and necessity items were dropped off by High Country residents.

National Collection Week is wrapping up for the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind — Operation Christmas Child — where participants fill empty shoeboxes with items for children suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, famine and poverty. Soon, the shoeboxes will be delivered to 8.5 million children worldwide.

For families who haven’t yet packed their shoe box, it’s not too late. Many local families are choosing to pack shoe box gifts virtually through “Build a Box,” an online giving tool.

It’s a simple, quick, yet meaningful way to impact a child in need, according to organizers with the project.

Volunteers can visit the project’s website at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, select a child’s age and gender, shop through an online selection of gifts, “pack” them in an empty shoe box, and finish it off with a note of encouragement.

Then through tracking technology, donors can “follow” the box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered.

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and not forgotten. For many of these children, the simple shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received, the organizers said.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered more than 86 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in more than 130 countries.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (704) 583-1463 or visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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