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Operation underway
Christmas shoebox collection begins
Operation underway
Collection week for Operation Christmas Child kicked off Monday. Boxes filled with Warren County Middle School Interact Club members have been spreading the word. Pictured, from left, are Colin Totherow, Aubrey Olesik and Mayliah Manier.

Monday was a successful first day for Operation Christmas Child’s collection week in Warren County. 

“We received 1,208 boxes on Monday,” said Debbie Patterson, coordinator of Operation Christmas Child of Warren County. “That was a really good first day. I couldn’t be happier about that. Hopefully, that will continue, because we’ve got a ways to go.” 

The project goal is 4,400 shoeboxes. 

National collection week is Nov. 15-22. 

Warren County Middle School’s Interact Club is again slipping into “shoeboxes” in an effort to support the cause, and fulfil community service hours. They stand on the sidewalk in downtown McMinnville and educate passing motorists about the organization.

“This is my second year in Interact,” said Liyah Johnson. “I’ve participated in Operation Christmas Child since I was about 6 years old. I like to spread the word of Jesus and just to help little kids all around the world.”

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. A project of Samaritan’s Purse, more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes have been delivered.  

Interact club members packed 73 shoeboxes during a group packing party. Along with fun toys, the boxes also contained hygiene items and school supplies.

“I love Interact,” said Johnson. “It’s really fun. I enjoy community service. I like Operation Christmas Child and I really like to do the Purple Pinkies Project. It’s for world polio day. We paint our pinkies purple and sell bags of candy to raise money to end polio.”