Sending Christmas Joy to 8,300 Children in Need Worldwide

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Dear Editor,

During Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23, Danbury residents and residents from surrounding counties generously donated 8,300 gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need.

With a computer or mobile device, anyone can still conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website: Danbury residents can select the age and gender of a child to help, shop through an online selection of gifts, “build” the shoebox, write a note of encouragement and upload a photo. This year, these gifts will be added to those collected in nine countries, so more than 11 million children can receive a personalized gift from people who want them to know they are loved and not forgotten.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to deliver gifts to another 11 million children.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 518-437-0690 or visit


Lucas Zellers
Operation Christmas Child

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