TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As the holidays approach, many families and children are giving thanks for all their blessings, and sharing those blessings with children in need.
Shoebox gifts are being prepared by generous donors, and filled with toys, personal care items, and school supplies as part of the Operation Christmas Child program. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to children worldwide for three decades. Samaritan’s Purse partners with local churches across the globe to deliver the shoebox gifts love to children in need.
One drop off location is at Terre Haute Baptist Church on Poplar Drive. Their goal is to collect at least 10,000 boxes.
Drop off organizer Fran Campbell said being apart of this organization is rewarding.
“Operation Christmas Child has collected over two hundred million boxes in the 30 years that we’ve been collecting boxes. So, it’s just an honor and a privilege to be a part of collecting these boxes and getting them out to children around the world,” Campbell said.
For those who wish to participate, the last day to drop off your shoebox gift is November 20th.
Participants can use the online lookup tool to find the nearest drop-off location and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts, at their website.