Operation Christmas Child collecting donations to be sent to kids around the world

Operation Christmas collecting donations to be sent to kids around the world (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

It's that time of year again, the season of giving.

This week, one organization is collecting items to be sent to kids all around the world.

Operation Christmas Child is a project that is a part of Samaritan's Purse, a humanitarian aid organization.

Until November 19, they are collecting shoe boxes filled with hygiene items, school supplies and fun toys to be sent to little ones across the globe.

“ What they do is they pick either a boy or a girl, ages 2 to 4, 5 to 9 or 10 to 14. Then they will fill it with the items they like," said area coordinator Dana Marshall.

The items are then shipped to kids in over 100 countries who are homeless or in need of basic supplies.

“ Some were actually squatters that lived near a dump site and they would scavenger for anything they could sell for food or clothing," said Marshall.

Area coordinator Dana Marshall said they encourage donors to include a wow gift in every box like a stuffed animal, doll or soccer ball.

Marshall added the common items are as equally important.

“ A lot of times when we talk to the children, they are really excited about even common items like tooth brushes and just soap. School supplies are big thing because in some countries if they can’t supply their own, they can’t come to school.”

This year, the organization is hoping to collect nearly 8,000 boxes throughout northeast Missouri.

Operation Christmas Child has been running for 25 years and during this time they have collected over 155 million shoe box gifts.

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