Pagosa gives 2,443 boxes to Operation Christmas Child

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Photo courtesy Operation Christmas Child 
The Operation Christmas Child drop-off center at Grace in Pagosa was a busy place Nov. 14-21, with 30 volunteers unloading, packing, counting and filling large cartons for shipping.

By Linda George | Operation Christmas Child

Children around the world will experience the joy of knowing that Pagosa Springs really cares about them this Christmas.

Many volunteers made Operation Christmas Child a success this year by promoting the shoeboxes around town in several stores, churches, and groups. The drop-off center at Grace in Pagosa under the direction of Linda George was a busy place Nov. 14-21, with 30 volunteers unloading, packing, counting and filling large cartons for shipping. 

On Monday, Nov. 21, a 26-foot truck donated by a generous business owner was loaded to capacity and headed to Denver Processing Center in preparation for flight. Soon, our 2,443 boxes packed with toys, clothes, toiletries, school supplies, and even personal notes and photos will be on their way to bless needy children this Christmas.

Six youth groups in Pagosa filled shoebox gifts. They were Colorado Kids, Shady Pines, Rocky Mountain Riders and Wolf Creek Wonders from 4-H, as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the high school and middle school. Several churches in our little mountain town brought hundreds of boxes to our drop-off center on Park Avenue. They were Amazing Grace, Calvary Home Fellowship, Centerpoint, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Community United Methodist Church, Grace in Pagosa, Jicarilla Apache Reformed, Open Door, Our Savior Lutheran, Restoration and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

We hope that you will be part of the world’s largest Christmas project next year with Operation Christmas Child. To find out more, go to samaritaupurse.org/OCC.

Many short videos will show you the “Power of a Simple Gift!” You can even fill a shoebox online; it’s not too late.

Together, your gifts of love will bring joy to the world this Christmas. Thank you for making a difference.