TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The holiday spirit is in the air with Operation Christmas Child.
"A sense of hope, it means that someone they don't know loves them," said Wanda Harris, Community Relations Coordinator.
Many volunteers, including various community groups stopped by the First Baptist Church in Twin Falls to pack shoe boxes full of goodies. All of the supplies were collected throughout the year and organized for the packing party.
Each box is filled with gifts for children.This includes hygiene products, school supplies, and toys.
The group's goal for the all-day event was to pack 1,000 boxes. By the end of the day, they reached 964.
These boxes are then sent to Samaritan Purse's processing center before being delivered to more than 200 countries around the world.
"We are reaching children in parts of the world that have no other kind of support [like we have here in the United States," said Harris.
National collection week is November 14-21. At that time, you can drop off your shoe box at the First Baptist Church on Shoshone Street in Twin Falls each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We're hoping to collect over 5500 shoe boxes in the Magic Valley through collection week," said Sabrina Harrison, Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator.
So far, she said she handed out more than 4000 boxes to community groups to fill.
"This is the only gift that most of these kids will ever get," Harris said."If you get your own children and your own families involved, it really reinforces that it's better to give than receive attitude which I think we're missing a lot of in our culture."
"There's light at the end of this," she continued.