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Waterloo collects 10,500 shoe boxes for needy kids

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- More than 10,500 colorful shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and other items were dropped off at churches and other facilities around Waterloo last week. It was National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, and the gift-filled shoe boxes are now in the process of being shipped to needy children around the world.

Even though National Collection Week is over, it's not too late to pack a shoe box. Operation Christmas Child has launched "Build A Box," an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send Christmas gifts to even more children.

The "Build A Box" process is simple: At www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, donors select a child's age and gender; shop through an online selection of toys, necessity items, and school supplies; and finish it off with a personalized note of encouragement. The gift boxes will be assembled by volunteers at Operation Christmas Child's processing center in Charlotte, N.C. Through tracking technology, donors can "follow the box" to find out where it will be delivered. 

Operation Christmas Child—the world's largest Christmas project—is part of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in more than 130 countries.


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