Churches collecting shoeboxes this week

Posted November 16, 2017

The boxes will be delivered to children in 104 countries. The Samaritan's Purse project will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and starvation.

One local church has teamed up with an global organization to share the gift of Christmas.

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

This year, the operation hopes to collect almost 90,000 shoeboxes here in the Mid-South.

Books, pencils, hygiene products and much more were items students used to fill the boxes. The doors will be open daily through November 20 as a drop-off point for boxes filled with gifts for children in need.

Anyone who would like to pack a box, visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ for information on how to pack the box.

"I think it's so good for children to realize that we are so blessed and there are children out there who have nothing - have never had a toy before, never had a gift before", Klosterbuer said.

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"These children that it's going to have never had any gift of any sorts given to them, so for them, it's joy".

"They know that somebody cares and we like to convey to them that God cares too", said Copeland.

It will be late winter or early spring before the children receive their Operation Christmas Child box. "A lot of people and organizations have donated items and money, and a lot of people have helped pack the boxes".

Drop-off hours are 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 14-17; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19; and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

Because Samaritan's Purse is a Christian-based relief and ministry operation, many children who receive shoebox gifts also will participate in Operation Christmas Child's 12-lesson discipleship program, the Greatest Journey.

"We have already started collecting items for next year's boxes", Marie added.

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