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Ruth Bratcher stands in the midst of the stacks of boxes collected in Artesia for Operation Christmas Child. At last count Wednesday afternoon, nearly 600 boxes had been collected toward the goal of 800 boxes. Boxes can be dropped off at First Baptist Church from 1 to 3 p.m. through Saturday, and the boxes will be packed to ship to Roswell at 1 p.m. Sunday. (Jeffrey Heidenreich – Daily Press)

Ruth Bratcher stands in the midst of the stacks of boxes collected in Artesia for Operation Christmas Child. At last count Wednesday afternoon, nearly 600 boxes had been collected toward the goal of 800 boxes. Boxes can be dropped off at First Baptist Church from 1 to 3 p.m. through Saturday, and the boxes will be packed to ship to Roswell at 1 p.m. Sunday. (Jeffrey Heidenreich – Daily Press)

Volunteers seek to help needy children worldwide

By JEFFREY HEIDENREICH
Daily Press Staff Writer

Who would have thought that a bar of soap, a pair of socks and a box of candy could make for a great Christmas present?

The individuals at the international Christian Relief Organization Samaritan’s Purse did when they started Operation Christmas Child.

While most families are busy preparing for holiday activities, groups of volunteers – including a local group of volunteers – are focused on filling empty shoe boxes with a variety of objects for needy children overseas.

These volunteers are families and churches who are participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, which has delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993. It has been labeled “the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.