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International relief organization collects shoeboxes for children

Operation Christmas Child is collecting shoeboxes full of supplies, toys and notes of encouragement for children around the world.

The project was organized by Samaritan's Purse, a Christian humanitarian aid organization. Samaritan's Purse was founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce, according to samaritanspurse.org. The mission of the organization is to offer help, as the good Samaritan in the Bible did, to victims in crisis.

Those who would like to pack a shoebox are encouraged to pack the box with toys, hygiene items and school supplies, pray for the child who will receive the box, include a personal encouraging note and photo and wrap the box. Contributors may also donate $7 online and receive a tracking label to follow the box to its destination.

Participants can take a shoebox to a drop-off location during collection week, Nov. 14-21. According to a news release, participants who bring a filled box for Operation Christmas Child to Big City Bowl, 7980 S. State, Midvale, Nov. 4-10 will receive a free game and shoe rental. If a lane is not available, a voucher will be given.

For a list and locations and to learn more, visit samaritanspurse.org.