Operation Christmas Child lifted kids' spirits

2014-02-16T00:00:00Z 2014-02-18T16:38:10Z Operation Christmas Child lifted kids' spirits nwitimes.com
February 16, 2014 12:00 am

I’m writing to thank Lansing residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas.

Through their efforts, we were able to collect 1,888 shoeboxes — filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items — for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

Although drop-off locations in Lansing are closed until November, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607) or using the project’s online tool, where donors can virtually build a box.

To get involved, visit samaritanspurse.org or call (612) 359-7025.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can transform lives.

- Nicole Sheldon, Minneapolis, Minn., Upper Midwest Regional Director, Operation Christmas Child

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