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Churches collecting donations for 'Operation Christmas Child'

Some generous folks in central Kentucky are making sure less fortunate children around the world receive gifts for Christmas.

For the next week, volunteers at Porter Memorial Baptist Church on Nicholasville Road in Lexington, Consolidated Baptist Church on Russell Cave Road in Lexington, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on South Elkhorn Road in Nicholasville will be taking donations for Operation Christmas Child.

The nationwide project collects toys, school supplies, and toiletries for children in more than 100 countries.

The donations are wrapped in shoe boxes and sent off.

"It is so satisfying to know that you are impacting somebody's life overseas that will never have an opportunity to experience what our kids experience on Christmas Day," Geneva Hunter, the Operation Christmas Child relay coordinator at Consolidated Baptist Church, said.

Organizers expect to send 18,000 shoe box gifts from central Kentucky.

The three churches in central Kentucky will be collecting donations until Monday, November 21.

Since 1993, organizers of Operation Christmas Child say more than 86 million shoe box gifts have been sent to children worldwide.

For more information on the program, and how you can help, click on the link attached to this story.

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