Deliver filled shoe boxes next week

Nov 15, 2013

It’s that time of year again when everyone is pinching pennies and preparing to go on shopping sprees for the holidays. But imagine if shoppers decided to use those savings and devoted part of their shopping trip to a child in need instead. Imagine the number of children who would benefit.

It is possible, and all it takes is a little bit of spare money, free time and a shoebox.

For 20 years, people all over the country have been filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and a message of love and sending it to children in need all over the world via Operation Christmas Child.

National Collection Week starts on Monday and lasts through Nov. 25, which means there is still plenty of time to donate your own shoebox.

All next week, participating individuals, businesses, schools and churches throughout Haywood County will be dropping off their gift boxes to the Operation Christmas Child relay points at either First Presbyterian Church in Waynesville or First Baptist Church in Canton.

The shoeboxes travel overseas and spread a message of hope and love to children who likely never experienced it before, and at a small cost. If you think about all the money that is spent on other gifts this time of year, the cost of filling up a shoebox is probably minor in comparison.

We encourage all the gift-givers out there to take the time to donate a shoebox that will have an incredibly large impact on a child. It may not be the biggest or best gift you give this season, but it probably will be the most meaningful.