Build a Christmas shoebox online for needy children

Dec 18, 2013

Locals are making a difference in the lives of more than 10,100 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoeboxes.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Snohomish County volunteers prepared more than 10,100 gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Mukilteo’s collection site at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church gathered all the boxes from Arlington, Edmonds, Everett, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Monroe and Snohomish. The total boxes that were collected were 10,188.

Last year, the Mukilteo site pulled in 8,318 boxes – that’s nearly a 2,000 box jump this year.

Although local collection of the gifts is finished, the shoeboxes’ journey to children has just begun.

Volunteers will be working in the coming weeks to prepare, package and transport the 7.2 million gifts collected in Mukilteo and across the United States to their final destination.

There is still time to help by building a box online. Through an online tool, you can conveniently send shoebox gifts to kids in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child call 253-572-1155 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. Donors can also follow their package by visiting the website.

-Edited by Beacon staff

 

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