Chirstmas in a shoe box - DatelineCarolina

Chirstmas in a shoe box

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Samaritan's Purse gets shoe boxes to children by any means necessary. Samaritan's Purse gets shoe boxes to children by any means necessary.
Excited children open their shoe boxes to see what's inside. Excited children open their shoe boxes to see what's inside.
A entire trunk full of shoe boxes. A entire trunk full of shoe boxes.

By: Beth Lemmonds

Children across the world race to open their presents on Christmas Day. They readily tear off the wrapping paper of their new toys and gifts. But what about the children whose families can't afford to buy them anything for the Christmas season?

That's where Samaritan's Purse steps in. Samaritan's Purse founded Operation Christmas Child in 1993 to insure that no child goes without something for Christmas. Shoe boxes are collected all around the world and are sent to children in need all year long. These shoe boxes can include coloring books, school supplies, hygiene products, clothes and toys.

Jane Gelate is the Midland's Operation Christmas Child Project Manager at North Trenholm Baptist Church.

"We've collected 34,000 boxes this year but I think we might exceed that," she says.

She has been collecting these boxes for 17 years and doesn't have any plans on stopping.

"We're thankful for what we have and in return, we can share that with other boys and girls across the world," says Gelate.

Operation Christmas Child has a list of items that are currently in demand and shoe box drop-off locations on their website if you would like to make a child's Christmas extra special.

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