Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The shoe is on the other foot for giving. A Clifton church serves as a daytime drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child.

The organization collects shoebox gifts to deliver them around the world to children in need

Each shoebox is filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, providing what a child needs and also something to play with.

A team of volunteers are prepared for people to come with any size donation for them to unload and count.

An average number of 400 boxes are collected daily.

Alexis Wieberg: “my favorite part about helping with it is that i get to greet the people and take the shoeboxes from them and talk with them all about it.”

If just one shoebox can make a child’s christmas, imagine what a truckload can do.”

Each day ends loading a trailer truck with the shoeboxes that’ll ship to Denver for processing.

“This truck holds 350 cartons which is about 5500 shoeboxes. We’ll do, not only one of these but hopefully, if its the same as last year, we’ll fill two of these trucks. Last year, we did 10,399 shoeboxes.”

All donations will be collected outside this week for social distancing purposes.

If you’d like to pack a shoebox yourself this week, a list of acceptable items is at www.samaritanspurse.org.

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