Operation Christmas Child: Collecting for Samaritan's Purse shoe boxes

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Counties around the Upper Peninsula are taking part in Operation Christmas Child’s Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a worldwide effort to fill shoe boxes to send to kids in need around the world.

This is the fourth year that Bethel Baptist Church is Marquette County’s drop-off point. You can pick up a shoe box, or use your own, and fill it with toys, clothing, personal care items and school supplies.

They are collecting from Wednesday night until Saturday at 4 p.m.

“My goal would just be...I can't even tell you. I want thousands of boxes, but I'd be thrilled to see...I'm always thrilled. I always go low and then just give a lot of praise when it goes way over that, so I mean if we can get 1500+ that would be awesome,” said Sandy Thomsen, Samaritan’s Purse drop-off coordinator.

Missionaries deliver the boxes. They also include a 12-lesson course and a bible in the country’s language as well.

Last year, Bethel send 1,145 boxes to Madagascar. They will not know where this year’s collection goes until the spring.

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