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Updated: 11/14/2013 08:00:01AM

Operation Christmas Child seeks ‘shoebox’ donations

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Eight churches in Lake Placid have joined forces to help collect “shoebox” gifts to be distributed to children around the world in time for the holiday season as a part of Project Operation Christmas Child.

Hosted by Samaritan’s Purse, the goal is to bring joy to a needy child in a foreign country and, at the same time, tell them about Jesus.

Shoeboxes can be obtained at First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Placid Lakes, Leisure Lakes Baptist Church, Faith Baptist Church, Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, and Church of the Nazarene.

Those shoeboxes will hold donations of small toys, hygiene items and school supplies. “These boxes demonstrate God’s love and they bring joy to children in need — most of whom have never received a gift,” a spokesman said.

A written story of Jesus is placed in each box at the distribution center before being shipped to the children.

The filled shoeboxes need to be returned to First Presbyterian Church no later than Friday, Nov. 22 along with postage of $7 to enable shipment.

“Receive the joy of making a needy child happy by filling a shoebox gift this Christmas,” the spokesman added.

Samaritan’s Purse has hosted Project Operation Christmas Child for 20 years. Over 100 million boxes have been distributed, but Samaritan’s Purse president Franklin Graham — son of Evangelist Billy Graham — says “we have barely scratched the surface of the need.”