Fresno residents donated 22,700 gifts for children in need around the world during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week from Nov. 16-23.
During the collection week, community members packed empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for the Fresno Operation Christmas Child Area Team.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization.
The organization hopes to deliver gifts to 11 million children this year.
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Those who missed the National Collection Week can get involved online at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Visitors can select a child’s age and gender, shop through an online selection of gifts and write a note of encouragement to the child who will receive the gift.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 714-432-7030 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
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