Children First: Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child delivers millions of gift-filled shoe boxes to children around the world who are suffering because of natural disaster, war, poverty, or neglect.

First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, along with many others, has started working on this year's Operation Christmas Child.

"Our whole church is involved. We have everyone from six-year-olds to senior citizens working on this project," said Beth Alexander. "As far as the public goes and who can fill shoe boxes, anyone is welcome to. And you don't have to be a member of a church."

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an organization headed up by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Dr. Billy Graham.

Each year Operation Christmas Child delivers over five million shoe boxes, filled with gifts, around the world.

"Children all around the world who are needy, who are going through hard times. Children in war stricken areas. People who are going through famines and others," said Alexander, describing who will receive the boxes.

Drop-off points include First Presbyterian in Philadelphia, Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian, and the Leake Baptist Association in Carthage, as well as the Scott Baptist Association in Forest.

"Anything from school items, pencils and paper to hygiene product such as soap and toothpaste, small toys but nothing war related like guns. And hard candy is fine, too, but nothing perishable," said Alexander.

You are also asked to also include $5.00 to cover the cost of shipping the shoe box. Letters and photos from your family are also welcome.