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Fill a shoe box and help a child

Patti Johnson of Walterboro featured from last year’s event.

Operation Christmas Child, a labor of love for those who want to fill a shoe box to help the needs of children around the world, is underway locally.

The very simple plan was introduced in the early 1900’s, and has since grown through Franklin Graham’s “Samaritan’s Purse” organization. During this time, over 90 million boxes have been distributed in more than 130 countries around the world. Also, there were over 500,000 volunteers worldwide who help get the “shoe boxes” to children in distant lands. In the four-county area, approximately 28,000 shoe boxes were collected last year, and the organization is hoping to increase this number to 32,000 in November!

Any individual, mission group, Sunday school class, school class, civic organization, or church group can participate by simply filling a shoe box full of toys, school supplies, soap, wash cloths, tooth brushes, tooth paste, or any other helpful items.

Franklin Graham said, “If your heart is broken by the desperate plight of millions of children around the world, whether they are refugees of civil war, survivors of a natural disaster, or victims of extreme poverty, these little ones need to know that they are precious to God.”

This is the time of year that we focus our attention to this special project. Last year, Colleton County residents collected a total of 1,498 shoe boxes, coming from 35 different groups. Jacksonboro Baptist Church will again be the “Relay Center” for the county. The collection dates are November 12-19, and the “shoe boxes” will be received at the church, located at 14795 Charleston Highway, Jacksonboro, S.C. For further information, please call Reverend Bon Craig at (843) 893-2541 or (843) 908-4086.

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