Operation Christmas Child seeking 23000 shoe boxes during National Collection Week

Geneva Matthews
November 16, 2017

This month, several locations in the multi-county Southeast Missouri Area Team will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child - joining almost 5,000 US locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world. The closest drop-off location to Malibu is Gateway Church in Agoura Hills.

We will need one volunteer to stay at church between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, in case anyone comes by to drop off their last minute shoebox.

In partnership with the Samaritan's Project, they're hoping to bring in around 7,000 boxes West River.

Something as simple as a bar of soap may be the first gift they ever receive.

Students at Jack Kemp Community School took part in Operation Christmas Child, as each classroom was tasked with filling two shoeboxes.

The boxes are sent to many different countries, mostly in remote, impoverished areas. "There are drop off locations all over the U.S".

The Williams community is joining tens of thousands of US families to make an impact in the lives of children in need. According to Samaritan's Purse, since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has crafted, collected and delivered more than 146 million shoeboxes to children from more than 160 countries and territories. "These will make a difference in children's lives and will encourage others to do the same". "Anybody can participate whether you're a little kid, college student, parent, grandparent or great-grandparent".

"Also, I love to shop for the boxes", Hayenga added with a laugh. "And it's because of wonderful people in this community", said Pastor Jeremy Vines.

"She was so happy because she could now use her money for food", Klosterbuer said. "So, they learn lots about the world around them, but themselves as well", said Block. "I mean, who doesn't love giving out gifts?" said Barrett.

The shoebox effort has more 500,000 volunteers worldwide. Gifts are needed for children ages 2 to 14.

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