Volunteers from Redwood Falls and surrounding cities collected enough gift-filled shoeboxes to reach more than 10,000 children in need through the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child.
This season’s collection surpassed last year’s gift donations.
The Willmar Area Team for Operation Christmas Child is now thanking the community for gift donations already on their way to children in need worldwide. For many of these children, the shoebox gift delivered through this local project will be the first gift they will have ever received.
Although local drop-off locations have closed for the season, there is still time to pack a gift-filled shoebox online for children suffering from poverty, natural disaster war, terror, disease and famine.
Like online shopping, visitors can select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish by uploading a photo and writing a note of encouragement to be included in the shoebox they build online.
They can also follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered.
Participants can give a $25 gift card to a family member or friend, so they can join in the excitement of Opera-tion Christmas Child by packing a shoebox gift online.
These shoeboxes – filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement – are delivered to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries around the world.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org.

Photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse