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Shoebox Packing Party aids needy kids

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Presbyterian Church hosts Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party. 

Make A Difference Day was celebrated on Oct. 26, but there is still a way you can make a difference in a child’s life with Operation Christmas Child (OCC). 

It is part of a non-denominational organization (Samaritan’s Purse) that distributes shoebox gifts to needy children all over the world. These are children with little or nothing — children suffering in areas of poverty or national disasters, children growing up in orphanages and refugee settlements in war-torn countries. Participants pack school supplies, hygiene items, small toys, clothing and other miscellaneous items in shoeboxes for children ages 2-14. 

White Rock Presbyterian Church has been involved with this program for many years. This year, the church is hosting a Shoebox Packing Party at 7 p.m. Nov. 15. A packing party is a unique opportunity for family, friends and neighbors to come together to experience the joy of packing simple shoeboxes with items for needy children. 

Anyone in the community to welcome to join or contribute any gift items for the shoeboxes. 

Monetary gifts are also welcome to “Adopt-A-Box,” to help with the cost of shipping and handling, which is $7 per box. 

It will be a night of fun, fellowship and, of course, food. There will also be door prizes. 

The White Rock Presbyterian Church office is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday should anyone want to drop off any items or monetary gifts, or the community may just bring them to the party on the Nov. 15. White Rock Presbyterian Church is located at 310 Rover Blvd. 

For questions or comments, contact the church office at 672-3682, or call Mary at 672-0154.