LETTER: Thanks to those who sent love

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

I’m writing to thank Sanford area residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect more than 10,600 shoeboxes — filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items — for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple, gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

Although dropoff locations in the Sanford area are closed until November 2014, shoebox gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607), or donors may use the project's online tool, where they can virtually build a box. To get involved, visit samaritanspurse.org or call (704) 583-1463.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.

Chris Ramsey

Regional Director

Carolinas Region

Operation Christmas Child