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Operation Christmas Child taking shoebox donations year-round

Children in Uganda receive their shoebox gifts. (Source: Samaritan's Purse) Children in Uganda receive their shoebox gifts. (Source: Samaritan's Purse)
Shoebox distribution center in Charlotte. (Source: Samaritan's Purse.) Shoebox distribution center in Charlotte. (Source: Samaritan's Purse.)
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Christmas may be five months away, but one charity is urging people to donate to a cause year-round.

Operation Christmas Child in the Missouri bootheel partners with the Samaritan's Purse to help more than 11 million children each year. Volunteers donate shoeboxes full of goods such as toys, school supplies, or hygiene items. Those boxes are then given to children around the world.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2016, they hope to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children.

There are several ways that people in the bootheel can help:

  • PACK A SHOEBOX GIFT- Fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ to virtually pack a shoebox through an online tool. 
  • SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER- Volunteer opportunities are available in your town. For more information, call (573) 614-5581 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
  • SPREAD THE WORD- Enlist individuals, families and groups to take part in creating shoebox gifts.

National Collection Week is November 14-21. However, gifts are collected year-round at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, NC. During National Collection Week, some 4,000 drop-off locations will open their doors in all 50 states.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization.

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