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.