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Operation Christmas Child receiving donations of shoeboxes filled with items

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The season of giving is already upon us. A local church is asking for gifts to send to children overseas, who are living in poverty.

We're just over a week away from Black Friday, when some say it's socially acceptable to start Christmas shopping. However, this week, Operation Christmas Child is asking families to help children overseas, living in poverty, by donating shoeboxes filled with needed items.

Here, I don't have a shoebox, but about the same size will do. Toys like this are great, but they are  also looking for school supplies and personal hygiene items.

Operation Christmas Child Collection Center Coordinator Pam Le'mons says it's a way to let kids, in less fortunate countries, know we are thinking of them.

Last year, across the United States over 12 million shoeboxes were donated. Locally in Montana, Le'mons says they received about 5,000 boxes.

Le'mons says there's nothing like seeing pure pleasure and joy on the kid's faces.

"Knowing that some of these children have never received even a gift of any sort and to get a shoebox, which is not real big but it's filled with things they have probably never experienced before," she said.

 I spent $7 on my items and box, so it doesn't cost much to help make a child's Christmas, one of the best.

For a list of items to get for genders, ages, and where to drop off your boxes, go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/

Collection week ends Monday, November 21st.

 

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