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      Operation Christmas Child collection week begins

      Coastal and Pee Dee area residents are joining millions of people across the U.S. to fill empty shoeboxes with gifts for 9.8 million suffering children around the world.

      Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week started Monday and will go through the end of the week.

      There are three new drop-off locations, and hundreds of local volunteers will be working hard to pack and transport the boxes to the next stop on their journey to a child in need.

      Anyone can participate in Operation Christmas Child. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, or to find the nearest drop-off site, call (704) 583-1463 or visit samaritanspurse.org.