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Christian Youth Center packing shoeboxes

Penny Wade from Manhattan, and Caleb Hobbick from Morris, take part in last year's local packing event to benefit Operation Christmas Child.
Penny Wade from Manhattan, and Caleb Hobbick from Morris, take part in last year's local packing event to benefit Operation Christmas Child.

MORRIS – On Saturday, the Christian Youth Center of Morris is partnering with Shoebox 1k with a goal of packing 1,000 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child sends gift-filled shoeboxes along with the good news of God’s love to children all over the world. Shoeboxes are filled with small toys, personal care items, school supplies, a stuffed animal, candy and a personal note from the packer, and then sent to Operation Christmas Child. OCC then distributes them all over the world. 

Last year, the group packed 1,251 shoeboxes, according to a news release from event organizers. Numerous fundraisers, collection events and supply drives have been leading up to Saturday’s event.

Shoebox packing will occur from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the youth center, 508 W. Illinois Ave., Morris. There is limited space available for those interested in taking part; contact coordinator Betsy Burnett at 815-325-9926 for information.

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