Kids Who Have Never Received Gifts Get Them

Operation Christmas Child's "Shoebox" initiative donates shoe-box sized boxes of small items to children who have probably never received a gift in their lives.

It's the holiday season and that means lots of "wish lists" and deciding which gifts to get family and friends. Even local families who struggle can rely wonderful toy-drive programs to fill in the gaps.

So it's hard to imagine there are children who have never received a gift. Never. Here's a story about some of our neighbors who are working to change that, one child at a time.

Operation Christmas Child is an international program, run by the Christian non-profit Samaritan's Purse. Locally, members of dozens of churches filled shoe-box sized boxes with school supplies, games, toys, even combs and toothbrushes.

"I know stories personally of children that have one toothbrush to share among 6 children or more in an orphanage. To get their own toothbrush means a whole lot." Joshua Kingsbury, Operation Christmas Child

Individual churches dropped-off their shoeboxes at regional collection centers, like Unity United Presbyterian Church in Greentree, where Sparked visited on drop-off day. That drop-off center alone accepted and packed more than 1300 shoeboxes for shipment internationally.

Samaritan's Purse missionaries and volunteers will distribute the shoeboxes to needy children in over 120 countries.

Even though the local shoebox collections are over, it's not to late to join in. You can create a "virtual" shoebox on line at Samaritan's Purse's website.

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