Volunteers fill Christmas shoe boxes for kids

The leaves may just be changing color, but Samaritan's Purse is already thinking Christmas and they want to spread the cheer.

More than 130 shoe boxes are about to make a long journey. Packed to the brim, they're full of Christmas surprises for kids in more than 100 countries. It's all part of a nationwide effort through Operation Christmas Child.

"I never really had a lot of money growing up, so Christmas is really special to me," said volunteer Ben Delaney. "I figured this would be a really fun thing to do for somebody."

Volunteers pack everything from stuffed animals to clothing - items that kids in the age group they choose to make a box for could want or need.

Event organizers say that school supplies are the most important items to pack. Oftentimes children in other countries can't attend school if they don't have supplies.

"We just try to imagine that for many of these children, they've never received a gift their entire life," said volunteer Dave Tanis.

Once the boxes make it overseas and are given to the kids, they all open their gifts at the same time.

"You can see how noisy it is here tonight, imagine 200 children in a room and they count down 10, 9, 8." said Tanis.

All for kids they've never met, but want to make sure feel loved around the holidays.
Volunteers will be collecting boxes individually for the next three weeks, with plans to ship the gifts out for processing mid-November.


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