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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) — You can send gifts to a child this Christmas season by simply packing toys in a shoebox. It’s finish Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

When is National Fundraising Week?

The national collection week begins on November 14 and ends on November 21. OCC’s goal in southern West Virginia is to collect 17,000 boxes this year.

How to get involved locally?

Lisa Gale Belcher is the Area Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can call him at 304-809-2655. You can email him at [email protected]

The Southeastern West Virginia team covers Mercer, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe counties and is made up of 26 people who volunteer their time to bring Operation Christmas Child to churches, businesses, to community groups, individuals and families.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

“Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelistic organization led by Franklin Graham. Samaritan’s Purse currently works in over 100 countries to help victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine,” according to Operation Christmas Child.

What can you put in a shoebox?

“The Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Project collects shoeboxes filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items and distributes them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in tangible ways. For many of these children, the shoebox full of presents is the first present they have ever received,” according to Operation Christmas Child.

Other facts:

This year, Operation Christmas Child will collect its 200 millionth shoebox since 1993. After collecting 10.5 million shoeboxes worldwide in 2021, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach 11 million children. in 2022, including 9.4 million of these boxes from the US