Shoe­box Pro­ject Helps Keiki

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / NOVEMBER 20, 2013 / PAGE 2 -

Hawaii Kai Church is one of three Oahu col­lec­tion sites this month for Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child, the in­ter­na­tional “Op­er­a­tion Shoe­box” cam­paign to get sim­ple gifts and ne­ces­si­ties to im­pov­er­ished chil­dren in 100 coun­tries in time for Christ­mas.

Lo­cated at 265 Lu­nalilo Home Road, the church will ac­cept filled, dec­o­rated and col­or­fully wrapped shoe­boxes Nov. 18- 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Nov. 23-24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Nov. 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Vol­un­teers will then send the gifts on their way via plane, train, boat, ele­phant, dogsled or what­ever it takes to reach keiki who ex­pect very lit­tle.

Par­tic­i­pants should think small and sim­ple, ac­cord­ing to vet­eran vol­un­teer Becky Gross: “I had the great priv­i­lege of pass­ing out shoe­box gifts to hun­dreds of chil­dren in Uganda ear­lier this year,” Gross said. “I was amazed to see chil­dren cheer­ing and shout­ing over sim­ple things like soap and pen­cils. And then to watch them squeal and laugh over race cars, ear muffs and lollipops was the ic­ing on top of the cake.”

Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child is a pro­ject of the i nter­na­tional Chris­tian re­lief a nd evan­geli s m or­ga­ni­za­tion, Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 714-432-7030 or visit samar­i­tanspurse.org.

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