Thousands Of Shoe Box Gifts From Eastern Shore Head Over Seas - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Thousands Of Shoe Box Gifts From Eastern Shore Head Over Seas

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SALISBURY, Md. - It was mostly work and a little play for Ethan Votta Monday, as he helped collect hundreds of brightly colored shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

"It's fun seeing all the shoe boxes come in," Votta said. "It's fun thinking about the children receiving them."

Now in it's twentieth year, Operation Christmas Child, a national Christian-based non-profit, sends shoe boxes full of toiletries, school supplies, toys and messages about God to children around the world.

"Many of these children have experienced famine, war, disease. Many of them are orphaned," said Nikki Smith, coordinator at Providence Presbyterian Church.

More than 100 million boxes have been sent to children since 1993, and organizers for Delmarva are on a mission in it's anniversary year.

"Our goal this year is to hit 10,000 of those shoe boxes," said Shari Kerr of Operation Christmas Child.

Boxes and boxes came rolling in Monday afternoon from eight collection sites on the shore, including Millsboro, Pocomoke, Cambridge, Georgetown and Seaford. From here they'll head to North Carolina where they'll be processed and shipped overseas.

"We have Africa, Romania, the Sudan, 110 different countries," Kerr said. "And probably more. We're always looking for new countries to work in."

Here in the U.S., it was a long day loading a tractor-trailer full of more than 9,800 shoe box gifts for thousands of children.

"I'm tired," Votta said. But happy he could help, he added.

For information on how you can help Operation Christmas Child click here

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