Samaritan's Purse said Monday it hopes to receive more than 15,000 shoe boxes, filled with gifts, from the Meridian area, during its annual Operation Christmas Child collection.
That program annually sends millions of shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts to needy kids around the world.
Churches and individuals across the area will take part.
Northcrest Baptist Church, 3412 North Hills Street, is a regional collection site and will accept the boxes during the week of Nov. 15.
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