TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) In the spirit of giving during the holiday season it's important to think of those less fortunate and in need. One Magic Valley church has teamed up with an international organization to share the gift of Christmas.
Operation Christmas Child is a project that's part of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief effort.
They partner locally and world-wide with those willing to help fill shoe boxes with personal care items, clothing and accessories, toys and a "wow" item and ship them internationally to kids in need.
Those interested in donating can pick between three age ranges and cater their shoe box to either a boy or a girl.
"We feel absolutely honored to be a part of the community and to use our facilities so that people can share love with children all over the world. It's quite fascinating to think that this little room right here will have an impact on the lives of children all over the planet. And it's because of wonderful people in this community,” said Pastor Jeremy Vines.
The Samaritan’s Purse website, www.samaritanpurse.org, has all of the information regarding how to pack a shoebox, shipping and tracking information.
The Full Life Family Church on Addison Ave East in Twin Falls is a drop-off location but there are four in the Magic and Wood River valleys.
National collection week is happening now through Nov. 20. The Full Life Family Church drop off location’s hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and call ahead to ask for weekend hours.
Local Magic Valley drop off locations include:
Full Life Family Church in Twin Falls
Calvary Chapel of Buhl in Buhl
Grace Church in Rupert
Presbyterian Church of The Big Wood in Ketchum