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Recycling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Many children returning or starting school this year will be purchasing a new pair of shoes. Now those empty shoeboxes can be recycled to bring joy and hope to needy children around the world through Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

Filling shoe boxes 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.

Since 1993, more than 96 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through these shoe box gifts, enabling local churches and ministry partners to share the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ — God’s greatest gift. Pagosans will soon have the opportunity to impact the lives of even more children by filling boxes of love in the coming months.

Children of our community can catch the vision to help others as well by coming to the free shoe box packing party on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at CrossRoad Christian Fellowship on Park Avenue.

All items for filling the shoeboxes will be provided. Each child will choose items to put in a shoe box, fill out a letter and get his or her picture taken (optional) to put in the box.

This event will be held during the OCC National Collection Week, which is Nov. 12-19.

Won’t you consider filling one or more Operation Christmas Child boxes this year at home or at the shoe box 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 take place Monday, Sept. 17, from 6-8 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 videos at www.samaritanspurse.org/InVideo/.

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