Help families in need with gift filled shoe boxes

November 15, 2013 

Lee’s Summit is ready to collect Christmas cheer–in the form of a shoe box. Lee’s Summit residents are joining Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, to help send shoe box gifts this year to more than 9 million children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.   

Operation Christmas Child uses whatever means necessary to reach suffering children around the world including sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels and even dog sleds. Tracking technology also allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

The local collection site will be available from 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 18-19, 22-23 and 25 from 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 20-21, from noon-2 p.m. Nov. 24. at First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit located at 2 NE Douglas Street.

How you can help

Prepare: Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.

Pack: Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement.  Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at  www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Process: Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the collection site in Lee’s Summit as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call the Regional office at 913-831-4466 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 18-25; however, shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.

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