Operation Christmas Child shoebox project starts in Spartanburg

November 13, 2013 by  

Recently, the volunteers of Operation Christmas Child shoebox project which distributes shoeboxes to poor children in over 120 different countries around the world met in Spartanburg to determine what to send this year. No doubt the group is using flyer printing to let those in the Update area become aware of these efforts so as to create as many aid packages as possible.

Last year the group collected 68,000 shoeboxes, with a goal of collecting 100,000 this year. They can be filled with toothbrushes, balls, toothpaste and stuffed animals and may be the first gift that a child in a poor country has ever received, says Linda Hester, a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child for about seven years.

A letter and a picture of the family which made up the gift are encouraged to be included so as to make the shoebox more personal. Hester added that the hope is that the children will realize these gifts were made especially for them.

From Spartanburg, the shoeboxes are sent to the Charlotte, N.C. processing center to be checked for prohibited items, such as sharp objects, chocolate and liquids, which are removed and replaced with comparable ones. They then go the port in Charleston and shipped to other countries and then distributed to the children there by such means as canoe, helicopter and elephant.

The shoeboxes will be collected from November 18th to the 25th and people can drop them off at Chick-file-A restaurants which is partnering with Operation Christmas Child.