Operation Christmas Child gears up this month | PostIndependent.com

Operation Christmas Child gears up this month

The Orchard in Carbondale will again serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive.

Residents are asked to pack shoeboxes with gifts (including small toys, personal care items such as hair brushes, hair accessories, toothbrushes as well as stickers, school supplies and hard candy) that will be distributed to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

In 2014, the Roaring Fork Valley contributed more than 700 shoeboxes to the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year organizers have set a goal to collect 1,000 shoeboxes.

“Operation Christmas Child is a unique opportunity to do something as simple as packing a shoebox that will have a lasting impact on a child a world away,” said Rosalind Fowler, Operation Christmas Child drop-off site coordinator. “We are excited about the 2015 collection season that will kick off on Oct. 25.”

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to follow their box to the destination country, where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has provided gifts to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries. To register shoebox gifts and find out to what country they are delivered, use the EZ Give donation form found at http://www.SamaritansPurse.org.

New this year, the annual packing and wrapping party is a valleywide event in conjunction with area churches, civic organizations, schools and businesses. It will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15 at The Gathering Center at The Orchard starting at 11 a.m. There will also be a special fundraiser lunch to cover the costs of shipping all of the boxes packed at the party. This event is open to everyone.

For more information on any of these activities please contact Kara Montie at The Orchard at 970-963-8773, extension 104.

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