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Harrisonburg Church Collects Boxes for Operation Christmas Child

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One shoe box at a time, Samaritan's Purse aims to brighten the holidays for 10 million kids, and thousands of people in the Shenandoah Valley are helping make it happen.

The program is called Operation Christmas Child, and the idea is that a simple shoe box can pack a lot of joy for a boy or girl in need in one of about 100 countries around the globe.

Harrisonburg's First Church of the Nazarene is a regional collection point for Operation Christmas Child.  Volunteers there will spend the next week collecting an estimated 15,000 shoe boxes, sorting them and getting them shipped out. Families, churches, youth groups and civic groups fill each shoe box with a unique mix of personal hygiene items, clothing and small toys.

Volunteer Bob Spilman said, "If you're packing with your son or your daughter and they like it, then usually the person it's going to will like it. The children that these boxes are going to have absolutely nothing."

Samaritan's Purse can use a tracking code to follow donated shoe boxes. Click here to learn how to donate.

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