LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Volunteers in the bluegrass met on Saturday to start prepping for this year’s Operation Christmas Child.
Samaritan’s Purse has over 18 million children enrolled in their operation, the shoeboxes go to children in need around the world for Christmas.
It’s packed with essential hygiene items and a fun item too.
Jaki Steward said she was one of those children that got a box, she was left at an orphanage in Guatemala when she was a baby.
She said she received her first operation Christmas child shoebox when she was five years old.
“I was so excited to receive this box, it was all just mine,” Steward said. “To know that a stranger, someone took the time to pack this gift and they didn’t even know me and opening up that shoebox, seeing that coloring book and crayons inside, that stuffed animal but my most favorite gift being my own toothbrush.”
Steward said before she received that box she would share one toothbrush with at least ten other girls.
National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 18th through the 25th.
To learn more, head to the Samaritan Purse website.