December 13, 2013

Charity operation takes efforts online

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


Operation Christmas Child is once again offering the chance to give to a needy child this Christmas, from the comfort of a web browser. 

Operation Christmas Child, which delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children all around the world, has completed its local collection in Chickasha. A total of 1,057 shoeboxes were collected according to Brooke Taylor, Regional Media Relations Associate of Samaritan's Purse. 

At, web users can donate shoeboxes online. 

"Though an online tool, participants can conveniently send shoebox gifts to kids in some of the hardest-to reach countries," Taylor said. 

The online shoebox building tool has been available for a few years, but now it is more user friendly with an easy-to-use interface. 

For $30, which can be paid either by check or credit card, a shoebox can be build for a boy or girl, age groups 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. 

Each box will include a supply of essentials: soap, wash cloth, toothbrush, comb, pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers, crayons, coloring pad, notebook, pens and colored pencils. Then, one large toy, two small toys and three accessories can be selected for the shoebox. Users can scroll through the items and pick from a variety of options. 

Those who make an online shoebox donation can track their shoebox as it travels to its destination the same as if they had donated a physical shoebox, Taylor said. 

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes can be built online all year round.