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11/9/2013 2:51:00 PM
Area donations can brighten Christmas worldwide

How to pack a shoebox

Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox. You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.

Boy or Girl? Decide whether the gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of the box.

Fill the box with gifts that will bring delight to a child.

Include $7 donation per box to help cover shipping costs.

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to the drop-off location.

NT Staff

With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, area individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Illinois Valley residents prepare to collect numerous gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week Nov. 18-25.

In 2012 there were 571 filled shoeboxes donated locally. That almost tied the 2006 total of 575 shoeboxes which is the record number of shoeboxes received annually since Grace Bible Fellowship became a collection site in 2005.

Donations can be left at Grace Bible Fellowship, 2403 Shooting Park Road, Peru at the following times: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays.

Donors will receive an e-mail telling the country where their shoeboxes go.

For more information on how to participate, call (815) 223-2854 or visit

National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 18-25; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C. Participants also can build a box through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries.

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