Christmas Child drop-off sites set

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Through Monday, volunteers at the local church will accept gift-filled shoeboxes and prepare them to deliver to children in need overseas for the yearly Operation Christmas Child shoebox drop-off week.

Operation Christmas Child partners with churches, orphanages and schools in these underdeveloped countries that figure out which children need a gift of love the most.

For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

"We'll have two trucks more than full", Klosterbuer assured.

The church is the central drop off location in the Southern Tier for the box gifts.

If you want to get involved, there's still time! "Last year, we had a lot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday".

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"They had never experienced receiving a gift before", he said.

Junior Major Monica Pereda said she participated in Operation Christmas Child throughout her four years of high-school.

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Those will be combined with 12 million other boxes to be shipped out to over 150 countries and territories. "I'm just excited to see how many boxes we get and to be able to interact with the people dropping them off". It's just such an outreach.

"I love the ministry".

Not only are the recipients benefitting from the gifts, but the gift-givers are as well.

The boxes include small toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items along with scripture. "There's some 14-year-old children who have never heard about Jesus before".

The boys were taught a simple game of catch.

Harper likes to contribute to this campaign because it helps other children around her age. "They tell me it has brightened their days".

"They know that somebody cares and we like to convey to them that God cares too", said Copeland. The plan is that by next week, there will be over 1,000 boxes filled and ready to go. Here, volunteers check each box to make sure there's no liquids, items with expiration dates or war toys.

She will have a few boxes available at The Morehead News at 710 West First Street; however, any shoebox will work. "Some of these children receive school supplies".

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