Operation Christmas Child fills over 10,000 shoeboxes

November 18, 2016 by  

Around 400 volunteers crowded into the South Hills Bible Chapel in McMurray, Pennsylvania on November 12 to help fill over 10,000 shoeboxes for needy children around the world.

The items in the shoeboxes are collected by a company called Lighthouse Electric during the year and include the likes of toiletries, toys, and school supplies, such as pencils, paper, and calendars/planners. The shoeboxes are then sent to children ranging from the age of two to fourteen.

Anton Mikec, the chief operating officer of Lighthouse Electric, said about the event:

“It wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors, both by writing checks and by donating their time to pack boxes. We also thank the volunteers.”

Southwestern Pennsylvania, which belongs to the mid-Atlantic region, has collected more shoeboxes than any other part of the country during the past five years. The mid-Atlantic region seeks to collect 1.2m shoeboxes this year. The global operation, which takes place in nine countries, seeks to collect enough shoebox materials to be able to provide for over 11 million children who are in need of basic supplies.

For those wishing to send a shoebox to a child, boxes can be prefilled and sent to a collection site or filled online. Boxes can also be tracked as they are sent out and donations are accepted for the $7 donation cost.