A local church is sending shoeboxes around the world to make Christmas a little brighter for children living in impoverished countries.
Journey Baptist Church has started collecting donations for Operation Christmas Child; a program sponsored by the Samaritan's Purse that delivers shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to children who live in high risk areas.
Volunteers will be collecting toiletries, clothing, school supplies and small toys for children between the ages of two and fourteen. All donations can be delivered as individual items or can be assembled in box for a child based on their age and gender.
Journey Baptist Drop-off Leader Raydena Allison working with the program has been a humbling experience.
“I get emotional when I think about this, because we have so much stuff in the United States. And if you just watch a video of the kids that have nothing, and they get so excited about a small box. It’s just an overwhelming satisfaction to be able to send things to kids that appreciate them," Allison said.
Operation Christmas Child will deliver gift filled boxes to orphanages and high-risk area in 150 countries.
Donations will be accepted through December 20 at the Journey Baptist Church from 9a.m. until noon Monday- Saturday, and Sunday evenings from 5p.m. to 7p.m. Allison said her goal for the St. Joseph and area is to collect 10,000 gift boxes. For a full list of approved donation items, log onto https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.