Yalobusha Residents Helped Spread Joy Across The World With Shoeboxes

Dear Editor:

I am writing to thank Yalobusha County residents for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Yalobusha County community, the Northwest Mississippi Area Team was able to collect 22,900 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s larger Christmas project of its kind.

Yalobusha County volunteers transformed empty shoeboxes into treasured gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys to be delivered to children around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty  and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn God loves them and has not forgotten them. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Although the Yalobusha County drop-off locations are closed until November 2018, shoeboxes can still be packed and sent year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters at 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607. Additionally, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or by calling 615-517-1626.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope and continue to transform the lives of children worldwide.


/s/Marty Gurner

Church Relations Coordinator

Operation Christmas Child

Water Valley, MS 

(662) 202-2047


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