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Save your empty shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

Many children returning to, or starting school this year purchased a new pair of shoes. Now those empty shoeboxes can bring joy and hope to needy children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.

Filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and hard candies not only brings joy to the giver, but the receiver even more so. Most children who receive a shoebox have never received a gift in the past or heard about God’s love for them. It’s very special if you can include a photo of yourself along with a handwritten letter.

Last year nearly 8.17 million boxes were collected and distributed around the world. Of those boxes, Pagosa Springs filled 870! With your help we will be able impact more lives by exceeding that number this year.

To encourage young children to help others, there will be a free shoebox packing party on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10: a.m.-1 p.m. at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship on Park Avenue.

All supplies for the shoeboxes will be provided. Each child will also fill out a letter and get a picture taken to put in their box. This event will be during the OCC National Collection Week, which is Nov. 14-21.

Won’t you consider filling one or more Operation Christmas Child boxes this year at home or at the Shoebox Packing Party? Or perhaps you’d like to help with the collection of the boxes throughout the community. A meeting of people interested in helping with Operation Christmas Child will meet on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30-7 p.m. at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship (1044 Park Ave. across from the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center). A light dinner will be served. Call Nancy Burke at 731-5901 for more information.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, check out the website at

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