PUBLISHED: 7:23 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect and deliver more than 8 million personalized gift-filled shoe boxes this year to children in some 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

How to pack a shoe box gift:

• Find an empty shoe box. (You may wrap it-lid separately-but wrapping is not required.)

• Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or girl and choose an age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14

• Fill your shoe box with a variety of gifts: school supplies, toys, hygiene items, clothes, hard candy, and a personal note to the child and family photo

• Enclose $7 or more to help cover shipping and other project costs

• Complete instructions are available on the Samaritan's Purse Web site

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered more than 54 million shoe box gifts to needy children in more than 120 countries.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham.

After National Collection Week is over, shoe box gifts may be mailed year-round to Samaritan's Purse headquarters, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.