TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Operation Christmas Child is back this year and project organizers are looking for your assistance to help millions of children in need.
Operation Christmas Child is a project where you can fill up an old shoe box and fill it with things like a teddy bear, a flashlight or even some candy and send it to children in third world countries.
The project’s national collection week is November 14th through November 21st. People who want to donate can fill shoe boxes with essentially anything a child could use up until the project’s drop off deadline Monday, November 21, 2016. Topekan, Deeann Boydston tells KSNT News she and her daughter have been filling shoe boxes like this for years.
“I think it’s important that each child has a gift for Christmas,” Boydston said.
Once you’ve got your box filled, you’ll have to go online and print off a shipping label here. Then, mark if you want to send your gift to a boy or a girl. Your gift can go to a child from ages 2 to 4, 5 to 9 or even 10 to 14.
“You get to print out a label for your box and then you get this little tracking thing,” Operation Christmas Child’s Media Relation Volunteer, Deb Bryan said.
This will let you know where your gift ended up after you’ve sent it.
“They ask for a $7 check to be put in,” Emmanual Baptist Church’s Interim Pastor, Gary Roten said. “They don’t want cash, they want it in as a check put in the box.”
The global goal is to reach 12 million children. Project organizers are hoping to get almost 6,000 boxes in Topeka alone — which Boydston says she’s proud to be one of those who is helping the less fortunate.
“Something I try to do each year and make somebody’s Christmas a little happier,” Boydston said.
If you don’t have a shoe box, you can use a box similar to the size of one to help out a child in need this Christmas.
Click here to see the drop off locations in your area.