Reader says, “thank you, San Angelo” (Photo: Getty Images)

I’m writing to thank San Angelo residents for sharing the true that means of Christmas with kids in want this previous vacation season.

Because of the generosity of donors in San Angelo and throughout the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a mission of Samaritan’s Purse, collected greater than eight.eight million shoeboxes in 2018.

Combined with these collected from partnering nations in 2018, the ministry is now sending greater than 10.6 million shoebox items to kids affected by poverty, pure disasters, warfare, illness and famine.

These easy items carry smiles to the faces of youngsters world wide. Packed with enjoyable toys, college provides and hygiene gadgets, these items carry pleasure and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered greater than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to kids in additional than 160 nations and territories.

It’s not too late for individuals to make a distinction. Though drop-off places serving San Angelo shoebox packers are closed till November 2019, anybody can pack a customized shoebox reward on-line at Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project — many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

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