People interested in helping out the less fortunate during the upcoming holiday season have a local opportunity to get involved with one of the world’s largest gift-giving projects.
For nearly 20 years, Operation Christmas Child has delivered shoeboxes full of presents to children around the world, said Stephanie Haag in Sheridan, who is helping collect shoeboxes in Madison County for this year’s effort.
“It’s a national organization and they fill up shoeboxes with a variety of gifts so that children around the world can receive gifts at Christmas time who normally wouldn’t receive anything,” Haag said.
The idea is to fill a shoebox full of items for children in one of three age groups: 2 to 4, 5 to 9, and 10 to 14. The box must be either for a boy or a girl.
Suggested items to include in the box are shirts, age-appropriate toys, toothpaste and school supplies.
Operation Christmas Child is a Christian effort and much of the organization is done by churches around the country.
Haag, who attends Mountain View Chapel in Twin Bridges, started putting together boxes with her children several years ago.
“It’s something we like to do to show our kids how blessed we are,” she said.
The boxes will be collected all next week, from Nov. 15 to 21. The area drop site is at Heritage Bible Church in Butte and Haag will be taking local shoeboxes there on Nov. 22.
Locally, people who have put together shoeboxes can call Haag for drop off information.
“If they get it to me, I’ll make sure it gets to the distribution center,” she said.
Anyone interested in building shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child should call Haag for more information. She can provide item lists, along with boxes. She can be reached at 842-7134.