I'm writing to thank Bradenton residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect 3,791 shoeboxes -- filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items -- for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.
Although drop-off locations in Bradenton are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan's Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607) or using the project's online tool, where donors can virtually build a box.
To get involved, visit samaritanspurse.org or call (407) 852-3727.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.
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Cindy Beyer, Operation Christmas Child