Shoebox-gift drop-off sites open Nov. 13-20

Mexia News Staff Report

Although Christmas is still more than six weeks away, those who wish to be a part of Operation Christmas Child, in which people fill a shoebox with gifts for poor children around the world, need to do their shopping and fill their boxes now.
The project, a ministry of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse, delivers the shoeboxes to children in need in 160 countries and territories, aiming for Dec. 25.
The idea is that individuals and groups fill a shoebox or shoebox-sized storage container with little gifts that would be appreciated by the recipients, such as stuffed animals, dolls or small musical instruments; a (deflated) soccer ball and pump; personal hygiene products like soap bars toothbrushes, comb, brush, barrettes or ribbons for girls; personal items like socks, underwear, hat or cap, gloves, scarf or T-shirts; school supplies like writing paper, pens, pencils and pencil sharpeners, and similar treats. Some people also send a personal note and photo of their family.

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