I’m writing to thank Bitterroot Valley and North Fork, ID residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, combined with those of residents in Missoula, Mineral and southern Sanders counties, we were able to collect 6,759 shoeboxes—filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.
Although drop-off locations in our area are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed anytime. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone NC 28607) or by using the project’s online tool, where donors can virtually build a box. To get involved, visit samaritanspurse.org or call 360-4253.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.
Greg Reinhardt, Area Coordinator (volunteer)
Operation Christmas Child