Readers Say Thanks
Operation Christmas Child collects 3,659 shoebox gifts
I am writing to thank Roaring Fork Valley residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need over the holiday season. The Rocky Mountain Area Team exceeded our goal by collecting 3,659 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.
Through shoeboxes — packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items — Roaring Fork Valley volunteers brought smiles to the faces of children around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
We are especially grateful to Cornerstone Classical School and the “Crafternoon” group for their year-round dedication; the dental office of Corey Johnson DDS for contributing toothbrushes and dental floss; White House Pizza for donating pizza for The Orchard’s packing party fundraising lunch; and The Property Shop for generously loaning us its truck to transport shoebox gifts.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference, and anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a personalized shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or by calling 970-618-9739.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project — many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.
area coordinator, Rocky Mountain Region
Operation Christmas Child
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