Shoeboxes filled with love, hope and toys

Children at the John Day Church of Nazarene help Mrs. Stennett fill shoeboxes full of toys. The John Day Methodist Church, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Church of the Nazarene and Sonshine Christian School provided over 204 shoebox gifts last year. Contributed photo

JOHN DAY - Just think you could make a child's Christmas by filling a shoebox with new gift items and donate it to the Operation Christmas Child. The program ships the boxes to children in countries that have been ravaged by war and famine, and nations that have been destroyed by natural disasters.

Samaritan's Purse is a non-profit organization that funds and supports Operation Christmas Child, as well as, other Christian humanitarian projects throughout the world.

Last year, The John Day Methodist Church, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Church of the Nazarene and Sonshine Christian School provided 204 boxes that were shipped.

Organizations, schools, businesses, families and individuals in Grant County are invited to pack and wrap a shoebox full to send off to a child for Christmas.

This year, Oak Harbor Freight Lines has volunteered to pick up and deliver Grant County's shoeboxes to an official site in Bend.

If you are interested in donating a shoebox filled with gifts, pick-up an informational brochure at Len's Drug; choose a boy or girl and age category; and fill the box full of new age appropriate gifts. The brochure lists items that are perfect for filling your box.

They ask that you include $5 inside the shoebox on top of the gifts to help cover shipping. People who don't want to fill shoeboxes can contribute money to help defray the costs.

Drop-off deadline for the boxes is Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Len's Drug or The Church of the Nazarene during work hours.

For more information call, Corinne Stennett (541) 932-4905, Zola Pike (541) 932-4625 or see Chris at Len's Drug.

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