Operation Christmas Child donations accepted this week

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

"Which makes me so sad because we all complain or get mad when we don't get the Christmas present that we wanted and these kids are getting a coloring book and they are thrilled". They will not know where this year's collection goes until the spring. "One thing they need most is pencils and pencil sharpeners. A small, eight-count box of crayons cost a week's wages".

Area residents are not alone in their effort to help children around the world. She will also transport the boxes if they are brought to the newspaper by Friday at 3 p.m. The church also serves as a collection site. "She talked about Etch-a-Sketches", said Dana Kimmel, a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child.

The charitable event is part of Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.

Huerta said she would encourage students of all ages to get involved. By 2014, they were acting as a collection site. If a year ago is any indication, the week starts out slow with more drop-offs toward the end of the week.

"This year, we could not include something with an expiration date, like toothpaste or candy", Klosterbuer said of the rules for packing.

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"We usually get between 2,400 and 2,600 locally, and the rest come from the relay centers", Klosterbuer said.

McGlone and friends shopped for a boy and girl age 2 to 4, along with two more boxes for a boy and girl age 5 to 9.

This is what the movement is all about: folks pack up shoe boxes with various items.

"We are hoping to add another 12 million worldwide 9.6 million from the United States", said community relations coordinator, Mike O'Connor.

Since she was 16, every year, Rebecca Parker-Moore has packed a shoebox filled to the brim with toys, trinkets and personal items for a child that she will never meet in a country thousands of miles from her home.


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