Operation Christmas Child: Donations will be collected Nov. 15-22

Donations are sought for this year's Operation Christmas Child, which sends gift-filled shoe boxes to children overseas. Collections will take place Nov. 15-22 at Our Savior's Baptist Church, 701 S. 320th St.

The project is run by Samaritan's Purse. The shoe boxes, or small plastic containers, are filled with toys appropriate for the age and gender selected. The age ranges are 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14, and each box is either for a boy or a girl.

Suggested toys are small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, light-up toys (with extra batteries) as well as school supplies, hygiene items, hard candies, clothing and toy jewelry.

Last year, Federal Way residents contributed 2,604 shoe boxes to join the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect over 2750 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.

To learn more or volunteer, call Betty Bjorklund at (253) 839-1092 or (253) 839-6822.

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