Local church takes part in world wide Christmas program

By Maisie Insko | 

It's the world's largest Christmas project of its kind reaching out to nearly one hundred and thirty countries...and New Hope Church is taking part in the program once again

"Last year we collected almost 2,000 boxes and this year we want to donate more than that and we had a good start yesterday with 391 boxes." says site coordinator, Rae Ann Barnett.

The church serves as a drop off location for gift filled shoe boxes donated to children living in poverty stricken countries. The best part is that everyone in Perry County can take part in program.

"It gives you the opportunity to give to other countries that don't have anything and kids that haven't ever seen present before" says volunteer, Daniel Trembley.

Those at New Hope spend their day collecting and stuffing boxes. Many have donated gifts to go inside the shoe boxes but church members actually encourage something more creative.

Instead, personalize your donation by making the shoe box yourself. Stuff it full of items like washcloths, school supplies, and candy. You can even right a letter with a return address so you can actually receive mail from the child that gets your box.

"Anything that doesn't break so you don't want to put mirrors or anything like that, no chocolate that would melt and destroy the box, no bubbles they can destroy an entire box." adds Barnett.

You can drop off shoe boxes at the church anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The site will be accepting those donations until noon on Monday, November 21, 2011.

Below is a list of suggested items to put in your shoebox:

• Small stuffed animals
• Marbles
• Yo-yo’s
• Puzzles
• Legos
• Books
• Bibles
• School supplies
• Coloring books
• Markers
• Hard candy/lollipops
• Toy jewelry
• Hair bow/clips
• Hairbrushes
• Toothbrushes
• Bars of soap
• Washcloths
• Socks
• Toboggans
• Gloves

No war related items, toy guns, knives, soldiers, etc.
No toy animals
No liquids, bubbles, shampoo, etc.

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