Continue packing boxes and give to those in need through Operation Christmas Child

With thousands of shoe box gifts already collected in Isanti, area residents are encouraged to continue packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child through “Build a Box,” an online giving tool.

This year, the Samaritan’s Purse project expects to reach a milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993.

Volunteers have worked to spread Christmas cheer at the Isanti-area collection sites where 4,827 shoe boxes packed with school supplies, toys and necessity items were dropped off by residents last week.

Although National Collection Week has ended, it’s not too late for participants of Operation Christmas Child to fill shoe boxes online with items for hurting kids overseas.

Many local families are choosing to pack shoe box gifts virtually through “Build a Box.” By visiting the project’s website at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, here is how you can get involved:

• Select a child’s age and gender

• Shop through an online selection of gifts

• Virtually “pack” them in an empty shoe box, and

• Finish it off by writing a note of encouragement

Then, through tracking technology, donors can “follow” the box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries.

This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes and surpass the 100 million milestone. Through the power of a simple gift and the message of hope through Jesus Christ, these young survivors of natural disaster, war, famine, and poverty learn they are loved and not forgotten. For many of these children, the simple shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 612-359-7025 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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