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Operation Christmas Child thanks area residents

2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

I’m writing to thank Akron-area residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect 47,450 shoeboxes — filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items — for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

Although drop-off locations in the Akron area are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607) or using the project’s online tool, where donors can virtually build a box. To get involved, visit www.samaritanspurse.org or call 937-374-0761.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.

Bonnie Freeman, Great Lakes regional director, Operation Christmas Child

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