Nearly 9,000 Shoe Boxes Collected

Organizers now say eastern Kentuckians collected nearly nine thousand shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Church members filled a tractor trailer full of shoe boxes for children around the world, and it leaves November 25th from the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg. Each box is filled with toys, treats, and a message of faith.

Lee Adams with Operation Christmas Child says, "It's a gospel opportunity, it takes simple gifts and opens the doors into countries that we may never be able to share the gospel in."

Church members are heading to the national distribution center this weekend, and will take along any last minute donations.


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  • by Happy Location: Whitesburg on Nov 25, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    We do take care of our children here in Eastern Kentucky. But I guess kids throughout the world don't have Government programs, Food pantry's, Family resource centers, Churches, and Families that help them. This is a great program and I commend everyone that filled a shoebox.... I wish people would stop putting down people that want to show the love of Christ!!!!! And by the way, "Angry" I look forward to working with you during this holiday season helping the children of Eastern Kentucky...
  • by Jen Location: Letcher county on Nov 25, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    The shoeboxes are not full of food, they are filled with school supplies, candy, soap, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrush,small toys, and most of all they are given a book the greatest of gift all which is about Jesus Christ, and GOD's love for all of us. The kids is these countries have never had the chance to hear of Jesus. Most of the kids here should have if they have not it is the parents fault. Kids here have all kinds of org. helping them. There are people who give clothes, coats, toys, and much more to whole families. And anyone is welcome to go to any local church to hear about Christ. The shoeboxes are a way to get into countries where christians are not welcome. And the word of GOD is not avalible. Please do help your neighbors and may GOD bless you.
  • by angry Location: letcher on Nov 25, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    While I think it's a wonderful thing to reach out to the children of the world, I think we should take care of our own needy children here in our country first. We're sending crates full of food and supplies to people all over the world-some of which wouldn't hesitate to destroy our nation if given the chance. We do all this while the family down the street can't afford to feed their own children. I'm not some bigot or racist, and I'd be the first to help anyone who needed it. I just think more of our attention should be focused on the children and families here FIRST.
  • by mary Location: salyersville on Nov 24, 2008 at 07:11 PM
    This is great ,its shows kids that people do care

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