Story last updated at 12/23/2009 - 12:19 pm
JUNEAU - Local Operation Christmas Child supporters have collected 2,301 shoe box gifts for needy children this year for the world's largest Christmas project - an increase from 2,214 gifts collected in 2008.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse International Relief, uses simple gifts packed inside shoe boxes to let children in desperate situations around the world know that they are loved and not forgotten. Shoe box gifts from Juneau are already on their way to the neediest children in over 100 countries.
"We are so grateful for the outpouring of gifts from Juneau residents this year," said Andrea Uhl, Operation Christmas Child regional director for Southwest Region, which covers the Juneau area. "Packing a shoe box is a simple way to really bless a child who may have never received a Christmas gift before."
While a record number of boxes have been received from Juneau, the project is still collecting gifts.
Shoe box gifts can be sent to Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child at 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607.
For information on how to pack a shoe box gift, visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ or call (800) 353-5949.