Monday, November 29, 2010

Local Residents Fill More Than 15,000 Gift Boxes

More than 15,800 colorful shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and other items were dropped off at churches and other facilities around Cookeville last week. It was National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, and the gift-filled shoe boxes are now in the process of being shipped to needy children around the world. But officials say that even though National Collection Week is over, it’s not too late to pack a shoe box. Operation Christmas Child has launched “Build A Box,” an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send Christmas gifts to even more children.

“One more shoe box means one more child—one more life that can have hope and joy this Christmas,” said Allison Mobley, the Mid-South regional manager for Operation Christmas Child. “The power of a simple shoe box gift is incredible.”

The “Build A Box” process is simple: At www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, donors select a child’s age and gender; shop through an online selection of toys, necessity items, and school supplies; and finish it off with a personalized note of encouragement. The gift boxes will be assembled by volunteers at Operation Christmas Child’s processing center in Charlotte, N.C. Through tracking technology, donors can "follow the box" to find out where it will be delivered.