AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Right now, there are children all over the world who are forgotten and alone.
Operation Christmas Child is asking you to pack shoe boxes just like this one that will go into a bigger box and be sent to children worldwide.
"Show God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world," said Logistics Coordinator for the Panhandle Sector of Operation Christmas Child Karen Copeland. "The way we do that is with gift-filled shoe-boxes that are filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys."
"We put some coloring books, reading books as well and then little stuffed animals," said Christen Wise, who dropped off shoe boxes today.
For children who have very little, and many who have never received a gift before, the boxes serve as a beacon of hope for their future.
"They put a note in each box and one day they finally got a large envelope from overseas and they had no idea where it was from and it was from one of the children they sent a shoe box too and they have been pen pals ever since," said Copeland.
"The bubblegum toothpaste and how they rationed it. She talked about Etch-a-Sketches," said Dana Kimmel, a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child. "She talked about the stuffed animal, and most importantly, the letter that was written so a simple letter that was written to her completely changed her life."
The Panhandle alone will collect close to 20,000 boxes.
Once picked up, the shoe boxes are sent to 100 different countries.
As these boxes travel by cargo ship or even on the back of camels, you can track where the box you donated is headed.
"We as adults, we can understand that these boxes go somewhere and they impact other children," said Kimmel. "I think our own kids, including my two-year-old, I can't wait to show him on the map where the box goes."
Operation Christmas Child partners with churches, orphanages and schools in these underdeveloped countries that figure out which children need a gift of love the most.
"They know that somebody cares and we like to convey to them that God cares too," said Copeland.
To find out more about how you can become a friend to a child in need, visit this website.