Program Brings the Message of Christmas to Children around the World

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

STAUNTON, Va -- 'Tis the season to give and three locations in the Valley are participating in a national campaign to give to kids across the world. The program is called Operation Christmas Child and it is about more than giving gifts.

It is as simple as take a shoebox and filling it with things you think a young child might want. Toys, games, candy and even school supplies or hygiene items are accepted.

You can then take it to one three locations found here: Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Location Finder

Monday was the first day of the campaign at Calvary Baptist Church and they had already received close to 500 shoe boxes. They will ship the boxes at the end of the week, but before making their way to kids across the world, the message of Christ will be added to every box.

“Just think, you can be a missionary. This is what I tell my children in Sunday school. You can be a missionary without traveling across the ocean to a far off country. This is your opportunity to send the message to somebody that maybe will never hear it,” said Margaret Grady, the collection chairman at Cavalry Baptist Church.

Operation Christmas Child only runs until next Sunday. The goal is for the country to send its 100-millionth shoebox this year. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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