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Back-to-school sales to collect items for needy children
by Tribune Staff
Aug 14, 2011 | 1241 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — As 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, Reno children are thinking beyond their own backpacks and buying supplies for classmates they have never met.

Reno 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 in which participants fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items and letters of encouragement for children overseas.

“With all the sales on back-to-school items, this is the perfect time to start buying items for a shoe box gift,” said Jennifer Trevithick, regional director of the West Coast region for Operation Christmas Child. “As a result of these sales, families are buying more items for less to pack in this year’s shoe box gifts. This means we are able to reach more children in need all around the world.”

This shoe box packing effort, requiring months of organization and preparation, will reach some 8.5 million children 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 more than 130 countries.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 714-432-7030 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 14 through 21, however shoe box gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.
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