Operation Christmas Child collections begin this week

This week, Aiken County residents will join millions of people across the U.S. to fill empty shoe boxes with toys and school supplies for millions of poor children around the world.

It's Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week and seven collection sites in and around the Aiken area will receive the packed boxes.

The shoe box gifts are then processed, prepared and transported to children in more than 100 countries using whatever means necessary—trains, airplanes, boats, elephants, bikes and even dog sleds.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, or to find the nearest drop-off site, call 803-341-8718 or visit samaritanspurse.org.

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