"Operation Christmas Child" Officially Collecting Boxes

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - "Operation Christmas Child" is officially underway. The Samaritan's Purse project collects shoeboxes full of gifts for children in need around the world.

The Bridge Wesleyan Church is one of ten local sites where donors can drop them off. Donors can fill any old shoebox with things like school supplies, stuffed animals, and hygiene products. Some choose to wrap the boxes, but it's not required. Organizers are hoping to get thousands of boxes donated this year and they're well on their way after more than 800 were collected at Elmira College this week.

"This year about 859 from Elmira College, they're up about 60 from last year," Logistics Coordinator and Central Drop Off Team Leader Hollie Snyder said. "And through five counties we have about 14,000."

Snyder said the boxes will go to children in 100 different countries around the world. She said these small tokens make a lasting impact.

"It's awesome, we just watched a video, one little girl got a teddy bear when she was little and a guy got a book and they still have these things and they're adults now," Snyder said.

Items that should not be included are chocolates, as they could melt as well as any liquids as they may leak in the shipping process. You can find more information on drop off sites here.
 


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