Operation Christmas Child accepting boxes this weekend

The local collection site is at Bethel Church in North Platte
Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 11:58 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Operation Christmas Child has donated 157 million shoeboxes filled with goods to children around the world since the founding of Samaritan’s Purse fifty years ago. Valerie Hiser started our local collection site twenty years ago at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, located at 2700 W. Phillip Ave.

“This year we’re hoping to go into 112 different countries. A child has one chance in a lifetime to get a box because they don’t go back to the same place every year. [Operation Christmas Child] wants to reach everybody so they go to different places every year,” said Hiser.

Hiser also detailed what kind of items can be filled in the shoebox before it is dropped off.

“The boxes can be filled with hygiene items like soap or washcloths. Also school supplies because [kids] can’t go to school if they don’t have something to write on, and what a shame for a child to be deprived....Of course toys are always fun, added Hiser.”

The group will be collecting boxes at Bethel Church on Sunday November 22 and Monday November 23 from 9AM - 12PM before shipping the boxes to Denver.

[These kids] may have never had a gift in their whole lifetime and they think ‘wow somebody cares’. It can really do so much for the self esteem and the purpose in their lives,” concluded Hiser.

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