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Nevada County volunteers can pay it forward to needy children

Volunteers help pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
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This month, local churches, businesses and individuals throughout Nevada County will start packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement that will be sent to needy children.

This is the world’s largest Christmas party project of its kind and is a annual favorite of many Nevada County residents.

The individuals packing these shoeboxes will help spread the joy to millions around the world.



Anyone can participate. Whether you are young or old, Operation Christmas Child is a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances.

Nevada County has a local goal of 5,000 gift-filled shoeboxes toward the 2014 global goal of reaching 10,000,000 needy children. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered these shoeboxes to more than 113 million children in more than 150 countries. For many of these children, it is the first gift they have ever received.




The completed shoeboxes can be dropped off starting Nov. 17-24 at the Collection Center at First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Room 104, Grass Valley. Call 530-273-3899 for hours of operation or go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Through simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn they are loved and not forgotten.

For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call Bob Williams at 530-273-3899 or visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org. National collection week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 17-24. Participants can also build a shoebox through the online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest to reach countries.

Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their boxes online and discover the country to which their gifts will be delivered to children in need. To register a shoebox gift, use the online donation form at samaritanspurse.org.


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