Our local communities once again showed overwhelming support for Operation Christmas Child this year.
During National Collection Week – which ended last Monday – 17 volunteers worked a total of nearly 60 hours to collect 1,651 shoeboxes – just 49 shoeboxes short of their goal of 1,700. The shoeboxes were filled with small gifts and toys, which will be distributed to children in need across the world.
Donations came in from Manchester, Earlville, Edgewood, Coggon, Ryan, Greeley and Strawberry Point, as well as Guttenberg, Central City, Cascade and Epworth.
Since 2011 – when Manchester United Methodist Church first became a Delaware County drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child – they’ve collected over 14,000 shoeboxes.
If you would still like to help and pack a shoebox, you can do so online at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline.
Organizer Stephanie Stocks of Manchester says they’re already looking forward to next year’s National Collection Week, which will run November 14th through the 21st.
photo courtesy of Operation Santa Claus