Just ahead of National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, OCC volunteer Jane Kramer joined in on the KSAL Morning News with details of what to send a child in need this Christmas season.
Kramer says local groups and individuals are packing boxes with not only basic hygiene items and toys, but notes of encouragement for boys and girls who are 2 to 14-years of age.
“Something we found that kids appreciate, especially the boys is a deflated soccer ball with a pump in the box,” she said. “A doll for the girls.”
According to Kramer, OCC delivered 11.2 million boxes around the world last Christmas and is hoping to increase donations up to 12 million in 2016.
“In central Kansas we have a goal of over 16,000 boxes this year,” she said.
Kramer added the boxes come from relay centers in central Kansas to Salina – then on to Denver for shipment around the world.
“They can travel by ship, canoe, pack animals because they go to some mountainous remote areas.”
Shoebox gifts can be dropped off at the Crossroads Church, 1125 West South Street across from K-mart from now until November 21st.