Local churches collect shoe boxes for Operation: Christmas Child

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) - The holidays are upon us, and folks in the Capital City are using this season of giving as a chance to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

Monday kicked off a week-long collection campaign for Operation Christmas Child, and already, hundreds of shoe boxes are filling the Fellowship Hall at Saint James United Methodist in Montgomery, which is one of the regional collection sites.

The program provides a gift of hope to children, whose families are victims of war, poverty, or disease, by way of a show box filled with goodies.

Darrell Pearson, collection center coordinator at Saint James says, "Those gifts are a real prize for them to have."

The boxes are filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene products.  Organizers say, it's a tangible way to spread the message.

Pearson said, "The purpose is to let children around the world know that Christ loves them, and that someone thought about them at this time of year."

After folks dropped off their boxes, they will begin a journey overseas, but not before folks prayed for those who'll be receiving these very same boxes.

Pearson said, "When they're delivered, they're not just given in a big shipment.  Each child is called up and given a box, so it's a real blessing not just to the children, but to those of us who come back here who work to do this."

They hope their labor of love will reach out and make a difference for children around the world.

First Baptist Church in Montgomery is also a drop off location, and both churches will be accepting those boxes all week.

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