ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - For thousands of children across the world, Christmas will arrive in a shoebox this year. The members of Laurel Hill Baptist Church are one of many faith-based organizations taking on this mission.

Organizer Deanna Villers prepares year-round for Operation Christmas Child at Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Albemarle County. People file in to pack hundreds of shoeboxes filled with school supplies and personal hygiene products. Any room left in the boxes is stuffed with everything from toys to coloring books.

Carolina Reyes moved to Virginia three years ago and knows firsthand how it feels to get one of those red and green boxes from thousands of miles away. "It made me feel really special. I remember when I was little - I was waiting for Christmas for that box, waiting for even who was the person to give me that."

After joining the church, Reyes knew she had to help give back to the organization that gave so much to her. "I feel excited like to now see those boxes like I'm not the ones receiving them I'm sending them."

Villers says at the end of the day, it’s about making someone's Christmas a little bit brighter. "These children have never ever had a gift and some of them cannot go to school without school supplies."

The boxes will be dropped off at Covenant Church next week before they're shipped off to their different locations to make it in time for Christmas.