Tallahassee, FL -- August 9, 2011 --
As Tallahassee schools prepare to open their doors for another year of learning, most parents are shopping for back-to-school bargains using a school-issued supply list as their guide. But this year, Tallahassee kids are thinking beyond their own backpacks and buying supplies for kids they have never met.
Tallahassee residents are stocking up on items for Operation Christmas Child—a massive year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse—where participants fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items and letters of encouragement for kids overseas.
“Children in many countries where shoeboxes are distributed cannot attend school without their own supplies,” said Cindy Beyer, the Florida director for Operation Christmas Child. Adding school supplies to your shoebox enables these children to go to school.”
This shoe box packing effort, requiring months of organization and preparation, will reach some 8.5 million kids who are suffering because of natural disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine and poverty. For many of these children, the shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has hand-delivered shoe box gifts to more than 86 million hurting children in some 130 countries.