Community members send gifts to children around the world

A week-long event has people turning their old shoe boxes into gifts to send around the world.

“Operation Christmas Child” brings holiday cheer to children in third world countries, or countries impacted by war and devastation.

People can purchase items like small toys, pencils and paper, clothing items, and hygiene products, to fill their boxes.

Things that can’t be donated are liquids, candy, and toothpaste.

The organization asks for a $9 donation for shipping.

For some children, this will be the first gift they receive.

“It’s a great way to prepare yourself for Christmas, it’s a great was to give to another person, whose on the other side of the world. Maybe you’ll never get there, but this box could get to them,” Collection Center Coordinator, Cindi Kyte, said.

You can drop off the filled shoe boxes at First Presbyterian Church in La Crosse.

If you’re interested in volunteering, or would like to know the drop off times, click here.

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