• The holiday spirit in central Vermont
    December 07,2012

    BARRE — Officials at Operation Christmas Child say residents in and around the Granite City electronically dropped off 9,745 shoe boxes last week packed with school supplies, toys and necessity items as part of a project for needy children overseas.

    The project, begun in 1993 and coordinated by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, is ongoing. People are invited to continue “packing” boxes in the hopes of reaching a milestone: the collection and distribution of shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since the program’s beginning.

    Organizers of the project say many families choose to virtually pack the boxes through “Build A Box,” an online giving tool, by selecting a child’s age and gender, shopping through an online menu of gifts, virtually “packing” them in an empty shoe box, and writing a letter of encouragement.

    Those who wish to contribute can visit the project’s website at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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