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Operation Christmas Child collection happening in Pee Dee

Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child collection is happening in the Pee Dee (WPDE)

This past week folks have been filling shoe boxes to send to children in other countries.

It’s part of Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.

"We take so much for granted here in the United States. I mean we have everything we want many of those children do not even have their own bar of soap," Eddie Stewart, the Associate Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, said.

The gifts go to children ages 2-14.

Calvary Baptist Church is the main drop off site in the Pee Dee and this year they have a big goal.

"Last year we took in over 25,000 here in Florence at this collection place and this year our goal is 30,000," Stewart said.

Cartersville Baptist Church has 50 members and they donated 151 boxes.

"It’s just a wonderful feeling that you can give something to somebody that might not have anything. We have so much it’s wonderful to share with them," Connie George, with Cartersville Baptist Church, said.

It’s more than just giving a Christmas gift.

"After the children receive a shoe box...they read a book called The Greatest Journey and it’s a thirteen week study and during that time they learn about Jesus," Stewart said.

The last day to fill a shoe box and donate it is Monday November 20th.

You can find your nearest drop off site here https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/

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