Christmas Child shoebox project tops goal by 300

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.
"Fayette and Montgomery county residents continue to give, even during rough economic times," said organizers Jill Zimmer and Virginia Becker.
"People give locally to such things as Salvation Army, Caring & Sharing, the food pantry and Operation Christmas Child.  These two counties should be proud of all that they do."
Zimmer and Becker said that five new churches joined the Operation Christmas Child effort this year, along with two local businesses, Wal-Mart and Sunset 66.
"Once again, Fayette and Montgomery counties came through in time of need. The joy of Christmas goes a long way when it’s packed in a simple shoebox gift for needy children around the world," they said.

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