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Letter to the Editor: ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Thanks Area Residents for Generosity

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

shoebox distribution at Mulunguzi Dam in Zomba, MalawiI am writing to thank West Central Pennsylvania residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children around the world.

(Pictured: Shoebox distribution at Mulunguzi Dam in Zomba, Malawi)

Your generosity to the West Central PA Area Team enabled us to exceed our 2019 goal by collecting 12,104 gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. OCC is a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

U.S. and international efforts, including Germany, Australia, Canada, U.K., and other sending countries, resulted in shoebox gifts for another 10,569,405 children around the world.

Through shoeboxes—packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—West Central PA Area Team volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world.

Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received. Thanks to the generosity of donors, OCC has collected and delivered more than 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories since 1993.

100 millionth shoebox delivery in Dominican Republic.

100 millionth shoebox delivery in Dominican Republic.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though West Central PA Area drop-off locations are closed until Nov. 16 – 23, 2020, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a personalized shoebox gift online at

Participants can also challenge others to pack boxes online with them or use a shoebox gift card to share the opportunity with friends and family.

Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the Web site at

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.


Karla Sunderlin
Operation Christmas Child
West Central PA Area Team Coordinator
[email protected]

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