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Waterloo residents pack shoe box gifts for hurting children worldwide

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Local volunteers are collecting simple shoe box gifts personally packed by Waterloo children, families, and individuals to send to reaching children around the world.

"I enjoy working with Operation Christmas Child because a shoe box of small gifts brings so much happiness to children," said Carolyn Waters, Waterloo drop-off site coordinator. "It is my wish that many more individuals and churches become involved. It is a simple way to show the love of Jesus to a child and family who are deprived of these joys."

Waterloo residents interested in preparing their own shoe boxes can find step-by-step shoe box packing instructions at www.samaritanspurse.org.

Shoe boxes are being collected at Hammond Avenue Brethren Church, 1604 Hammond Ave. The collection site is open Monday Nov. 17 - Friday, Nov. 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 24 from 9:00 until 5:00 p.m.

Residents can also help by enlisting families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide as well as volunteering at collection sites in Waterloo.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (612) 359-7025 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

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