Unity is collection site for Christmas boxes

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"People in the Panhandle are excited about Operation Christmas Child", said Karen Copeland, Panhandle Logistic Coordinator.

Berean Bible Church is now a collection site for Operation Christmas Child. From small shoes, school supplies, personal items, and of course toys, the church is looking for anything that will fill a shoe box. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

In partnership with the Samaritan's Project, they're hoping to bring in around 7,000 boxes West River. If they don't have school supplies they don't go to school. The boxes contain gifts for boys and girls from ages 2 to 14. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

"We will roll with it and see how it goes", she said.

Kramer says she buys the items year round, and gets her daycare kids involved by helping to pack each shoe box.

These boxes will be dispersed to more than 100 countries all across the continents of Africa, South America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Donations being collected for Operation Christmas Child
Donations for Operation Christmas Child Donations being collected for Operation Christmas Child

"Fifteen years later, they can tell you every item that was in that box - it means so much to them", Hayenga said.

They then ship these gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.

Operation Christmas Child is a program created by Samaritan's Purse, which gives children around the world a shoebox filled with Christmas gifts. Just think some child somewhere is going to open the box you prepared and be so excited. "And it's because of wonderful people in this community", said Pastor Jeremy Vines.

As a first-year collection site, Stefano isn't sure what to expect at Christ Church Westshore.

"I was in the service, so there's always a competitive nature there", Robert Johnson said.

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