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Salem gifts 13,500 needy children

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Salem locals are making a difference in the lives of more than 13,500 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoe boxes. Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, local volunteers prepared more than 13,500 gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Although local collection of the gifts is finished, the shoe boxes’ journey to children has just begun. Volunteers will be working in the coming weeks to prepare, package and transport the 7.2 million gifts collected in Salem and across the United States to their final destination. 

Salem residents can still get involved by building a box online. Through an online tool, participants can conveniently send shoe box gifts to kids in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

If you are interested in speaking with a Salem volunteer, feel free to give me a call. For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/newsroom.

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