Snohomish County helps 8,300 needy kids

Dec 12, 2012
Courtesy of: Operation Christmas Child A boy in Liberia receives a shoebox filled with gifts through Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993, the kids-helping-kids project has collected and hand-delivered more than 94 million shoe box gifts worldwide.

With thousands of shoebox gifts already collected in Snohomish County, area residents are encouraged to continue packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child through “Build a Box,” an online giving tool.

This year, the Samaritan’s Purse project expects to reach a milestone – collecting and delivering shoeboxes to more than 100 million children since 1993.

Hundreds of volunteers have worked to spread Christmas cheer at local-area collection sites – including one at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church – where more than 8,300 shoe boxes packed with school supplies, toys and necessity items were dropped off by residents last week.

Although National Collection Week is wrapping up, it’s not too late for participants of Operation Christmas Child to fill shoeboxes online with items for hurting kids overseas.

Many local families are choosing to pack shoebox gifts virtually through “Build a Box.” Go to the project’s website at to get involved.

Here’s how you can help:

• Select a child’s age and gender

• Shop through an online selection of gifts

• Virtually “pack” them in an empty shoe box, and

• Finish it off by writing a note of encouragement

Then, through tracking technology, donors can "follow” the box to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has collected more than 94 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries.

This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9 million gift-filled shoe boxes and surpass the 100 million milestone.

Through the power of a simple gift and a message of hope, these young survivors of natural disaster, war, famine, and poverty learn they are loved and not forgotten. For many of these children, the simple shoebox is first gift they have ever received.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 253-572-1155 or visit

-Edited by Beacon staff

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