Local organizers of Operation Christmas Child said this week that their effort to send shoeboxes filled with gifts to needy children around the world was a success.
The organization's Vandalia center collected 1,146 shoeboxes from 22 churches, eight individuals and two organizations. That surpassed the number of shoeboxes collected last year, which was 844.
The shoeboxes were filled with gifts, school supplies and hygiene items.
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