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Monday, June 17, 2024


Thanks Expressed For Operation Christmas Child Donations

Boys look at boxes filled with shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child at First United Methodist Church

By Press Release

COURT HOUSE – On behalf of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child Dana Williams wrote to express thanks to residents from throughout Cape May County “for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.”
She noted, “Because of the generosity of donors in Rio Grande and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.”
Those shoe boxes, packed at local churches in time for Christmas, were packed with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.
Williams noted that the “gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Rio Grande and the surrounding area are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at
Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at

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