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To the editor:
I am writing
to thank Lincoln-area residents for sharing the true meaning of
Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.
Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift
collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse
project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project
collected over 9.3 million shoebox gifts in 2022. Combined with
those collected from partnering countries in 2022, the ministry is
now sending nearly 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.
Through shoeboxes—packed with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene
items—Lincoln-area volunteers brought joy to children in need
around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression
of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have
ever received. Through the continued generosity of donors since
1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more
than 209 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170
countries and territories. This year, Samaritan’s Purse delivered
its milestone 200 millionth shoebox, which was packed on a
country-wide tour and then hand-delivered to a young girl in
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Across IL, shoebox packers often shop for
deals on shoebox items throughout the year, and many serve at a
deeper level by becoming a year-round volunteer. Information about
ways area participants can get involved year-round can also be found
at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 816-622-8316.
Although local drop‑off locations for gifts are closed until Nov. 13
– 20, 2023, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project
by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online in just a few simple
clicks at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline.
These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children
worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.
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