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Operation Christmas Child season is here
Warren County Middle Schools Interact and BETA clubs are gearing up to offer a helping hand with this years Operation Christmas Child. Pictured are Carly Pack and Yehoshua Pic Ruiz.

Boys and girls across the United States are rallying their peers, as well as adults, to pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
With national collection week Nov. 13-20, the time is now to begin working on your contribution.
“I like participating in Operation Christmas Child,” said Yehoshua Pic Ruiz, during Thursday’s joint meeting of the Interact and BETA clubs. “I enjoy it because I get to see kids being happy.”
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. More than 500,000 volunteers worldwide, with more than 150,000 of those in the United States, are involved in collecting, shipping, and distributing shoebox gifts.
Carly Pack said it saddens her to know there are underprivileged children who have never received a present.
“For some children, it’s their first gift ever or the first present of the year,” she said.
Shoeboxes can be filled with age-appropriate small toys, hygiene items (no liquids or toothpaste), hairbrush, washcloth, school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear, hat, mittens, and a plastic cup, plate, bowl or eating utensils.
“I like to put school supplies and shoes in my boxes,” said Pack.
Warren County’s goal is 3,755 shoeboxes. For more information visit
Warren County collection times at First Baptist Church:
• Monday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Friday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 20, 8:30 to 11 a.m.