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Sending Toys to Those in Need with Operation Christmas Child

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People are volunteering all over Central Virginia to shop for children in need. They're spending their time and money to brighten someone's holiday, and the presents are coming in an unlikely form: shoe boxes.

While a shoe box doesn't seem like much of a Christmas gift, when it's filled with hand-selected toys for a child in need, it can be the best present someone can ask for.

Operation Christmas Child has volunteers pack shoe boxes filled with toys, personal items, and school supplies. While the organization is gearing up for the holiday season, shoe boxes are collected all year round. Volunteers pack the boxes, which are then shipped overseas to children in need.

To take part, all you have to do is find a shoe box or plastic container and fill it with age appropriate items for a boy or girl. Be sure to include a $7 donation as well to cover the costs of shipping. Then take it to one of their many drop off locations.

Volunteers find that the gift of giving goes further than just their work for children overseas.

"We have found that children who have received these gifts, who have nothing, have then in turn taken items out of their own boxes, and because of having received something, reach our to other kids in the community," said Gray Hill a collection coordinator.

Operation Christmas Child is looking for more filled shoe box donations Thursday November 8th. They will be collecting them at the Chick-fil-A on Route 29 from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

They're also launching their National Collection Week on Monday. To participate in that, just drop off filled shoe boxes at the Covenant Church on Rio Road.

Click here for a complete list of drop off sites and more information on how to fill your box.

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