Nov 21, 2013 2:07 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - The holidays are around the corner and one local church is preparing to play "Santa" to many kids around the world. The Second Baptist Church on Staples is collecting donations for those less fortunate.
Barbara Hessong, one of the project organizers says all items are accepted especially, hygiene items, candy, gloves, socks, baby dolls and more.
Those are just a few things stuffed in shoe boxes and sent to children, ages 2 to 14 living in different countries around the world.
"If you don't pack a box you will miss a big blessing," Barbara added.
Barbara says for 11 years running "Operation Christmas Child" has been a success. She says the event works in conjunction with "Samaritans Purse" an organization put together by Reverend Billy Graham's son Franklin. She says the boxes can even be tracked all the way to the final destination. So people who donate know they have helped change the lives of those less fortunate.
"This is a way to send hope to children that there are people out there who care," Barbara said.
Barbara says the church has already collected 1,200 boxes. They will be packed into two trucks and shipped to processing centers by next week.
"We've heard very many stories of children's lives who have changed forever because of a simple shoebox gift," she added.
After Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Barbara says many of these boxes are sure to be shipped to the kids there, in order to send that message of hope.
They will continuing collecting toys, toiletries and school supplies until Monday, November 25th at 9p.m.