Locals helping out 1,720 needy children.

Shawnee locals are making a difference in the lives of 1,720 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoeboxes. Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, local volunteers prepared 1,720 gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Although local collection of the gifts is finished, the shoeboxes’ journey to children has just begun. Volunteers will be working in the coming weeks to prepare, package and transport the 7.2 million gifts collected in Shawnee and across the United States to their final destination.

Shawnee residents can still get involved by building a box online. Through an online tool, participants can conveniently send shoebox gifts to kids in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

If you are interested in speaking with a Shawnee volunteer, feel free to give me a call. For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/newsroom.