‘Operation Christmas Child’ underway

LIHUE — Volunteers are welcome to join the Nov. 16 packing party celebration from noon to 3 p.m. at the Breath of Life Christian Ministries in the Rice Shopping Center.

“People don’t even have to bring anything,” said Lani Girl Harthcock, spokeswoman for Operation Christmas Child. “Donations are welcome, but not necessary. Everyone is welcome to just come and be a part of Operation Christmas Child.”

Breath of Life Christian Ministries, Lihue Lutheran Church, and Cross Roads Christian Fellowship are three areas where donors of Operation Christmas Child can drop off shoeboxes, or plastic containers the size of shoeboxes, filled with toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene items, with a personal note.

Drop off can be done from Nov. 18-25.

This is the first step for the shoeboxes, which will be part of a global effort to send 9.8 million gift-filled containers to needy children overseas.

“Through simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn they are loved and not forgotten, states a flier from Operation Christmas Child.

There is a goal of trying to fill 2,000 shoebox gifts from Kauai residents through the Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of international Christian relief.

Since its start in 1993, more than 100 million shoeboxes have been collected.

Info: 651-4371, or www.samaritanspurse.org

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