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August 15, 2013

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"These are people who deserve to be loved and cared for," she said. 

Brensing has attended a shoebox giveaway in Uganda. She said that many of the children lift the lid and quickly close it because it's just that overwhelming for them. The mothers stand back with tears running down their faces. 

Some of the kids will be more bold and open the boxes. 

"They'll pull out an electric toothbrush and once they are shown what it's for they'll brush their teeth and everyone else's teeth around them," Brensing said. 

"They are so loving and accepting," Brensing said. "The experience is humbling."

The idea behind the shoeboxes is to connect the child with a local church. The kids are invited to a party at the church to retrieve the boxes and are invited to come back. These churches help meet physical needs such as food as well as spiritual needs, Brensing said. 

Shoeboxes should be standard size, no boot boxes. There are three age groups: ages 2 to 4, 5 to 9, 10 to 14 and these are divided into boy and girl. The items must be new and can include school supplies, toys and personal hygiene items. No liquids, breakable items or war-related items such as toy guns are allowed. 

"Everywhere they look, these kids see people with guns," Brensing said. "Many have lost their parents due to war." 

The collection time period is between Nov. 18 and 25 at First Christian Church in Chickasha. More details about the shoeboxes will be released as the November deadline approaches.

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