"Operation Christmas Child" Collects Shoebox Gifts for Underprivileged Children

By: News Email
By: News Email

November 22, 2013

A group of local children are learning the true meaning of giving by helping make Christmas presents for others.

On Friday night, kids and adults collected, packed, sealed, and loaded shoe boxes into trucks. The shoe boxes are gifts that will be going to underprivileged children around the world. It's part of a nationwide effort by the Samaritan Purse charity to help kids who may not otherwise get presents on Christmas.

"I mean it's exciting...what one little box can do. It's a tremendous outreach. Some of these children have never ever had a gift of any type," said Gray Hill, the Charlottesville area Collections Coordinator for the organization. "this is the first time they've ever been given anything. And this is tremendous outreach to let them know that there is someone out there who cares for them and does love them unconditionally."

If you would like to make a shoe box gift, the group is collecting Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. You can drop them off locations including Charlottesville, Scottsville, Waynesboro, Palymra, Lovingston, and Madison, and Louisa.

For the times and addresses, visit the Samaritan's Purse website, type in your zip code, and you'll see a list of locations listed in order of proximity to you.

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