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Samaritan's Purse Kicks Off Operation Christmas Child in Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA - Starting today, people in Yakima have an opportunity to get involved with Operation Christmas Child (OCC), the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. 

Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse, the organization behind OCC has delivered gift-filled shoe boxes to over 124 million children around the world, in areas affected by war, poverty and other crises. 

To participate, all you have to do is fill a shoe box or tote bag with items you'd like to donate.

Cindy Lane, collections coordinator here in Yakima tells us people can fill boxes with toys, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and also school supplies.

"A lot of times, if children don't have even a pencil, then they can't go to school. So if there's a pencil, crayons and a lot of times there's a stuffed animal and they just carry those around. Even the shoe boxes, because these children have nothing," said Lane. 

There will be drop off locations around Yakima starting November 16th through November 23rd. The goal is to collect 5,000 boxes here in Yakima. 

For drop-off locations, click HERE