Shoeboxes Send Holiday Cheer Around The World

by Katie Jeffries on November 22, 2009 at 7:12 am

A few gifts inside a shoebox could brighten the holidays for children across the world.

Coburn United Methodist Cchurch is a collection center for people dropping off shoeboxes for the "Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program". It is an international program sponsored by Samaritans’ Purse. The church expects to collect more than 5,000 shoeboxes containing a variety of items.

"Toys, hygiene items, candy, just anything that children would like," says Karen McPeck the coordinator for the shoebox program

The shoe boxes will be distributed to children in 130 different countries. For many of the children, it is the only gift they will receive all year.  McPeck says people often find the gift of giving is the most fulfilling part of the program.

"I find that so many people say this did me more good than it does for the children. They love to take their grandchildren shopping and pick out things for that age group," says McPeck.

Tomorrow is the last day to drop off a shoebox full of gifts. Coburn United Methodist Church will be open from 8:30 AM til 3 PM on Monday. McPeck says people can add a picture and their address to the shoebox because sometimes the children receiving the boxes will write back.


Katie Jeffries