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Operation Christmas Child to Gather Gifts

Christmas is arriving early in Byron, as Byron United Methodist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.

According to Operation Christmas Child Media Relations Specialist Joy Ugi, organizers hope to raise 53,000 shoe box donations in the Byron area and will be collecting the shoe box donations Nov. 15-22.

Last year, Byron United Methodist Church contributed 48,338 shoe box donations to Operation Christmas Child.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Byron residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  

From Byron, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children worldwide.

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.  To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, or for packing instructions, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org.


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