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Pacesetters sets pace for shoebox donations
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Residents have two days to make a donation to Operation Christmas Child. Shoeboxes will be accepted today until 3 p.m., and tomorrow from 8 to 10 a.m. in the office beside First United Methodist Church.
“The support from the community has been wonderful,” said organizer Debra Young. “Along with the shoeboxes, businesses have donated items to be included in the boxes such as cups, toothpaste, and notepads. All the businesses pitched in something.”
Making a donation during the week was Warren County Pacesetters. The organization donated 28 boxes.
“A lot of our service recipients enjoy participating in Operation Christmas Child,” said Pacesetters administrative assistant Lynn Adcock. “This program gives them a chance to get involved and give back to the community that has given them so much throughout the year.”
If you would like to prepare a shoebox, a standard size box will do, or you can use a small plastic container. Wrap the box lid separately, but wrapping is not required. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl. Age categories are: 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14.
Then fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Please include a donation of $7 or more for each shoebox to help cover shipping and other project costs. Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox.
Suggested items include small cars, balls, dolls, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, Slinky, toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap in a plastic bag, comb, washcloth, hard candy, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights with extra batteries, and school supplies.
Do not include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol cans, or items not appropriate for children.
Individuals who would like to receive a correspondence from the child who receives their shoebox are encouraged to include a personal note in the box, as well as a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
This is the second year for First United Methodist Church to provide the program in Warren County. This year’s shoebox goal is 2,604.