Quincy, IL (WGEM)-- A local group is reaching out to help children across the world.
Operation Christmas Child stuffs shoe boxes full of gifts which will then go to children in need all over the world. School supplies, toys, clothes, hygiene items, and even hard candy are things that are being sent overseas to children that don't normally get gifts for Christmas.
"This is a great opportunity to use a shoe box, it's really a tool to tell children around the world about Jesus Christ. So the tool is the opportunity...where they get the gift. Most of them have never had a gift of any kind before because they are children that are in areas of poverty, disease," said Mary Shelor, the Quincy relay center coordinator.
This year the Quincy group hopes to collect a total of two thousand boxes.
"Here in Quincy I made it just a goal for two thousand boxes. Right now, as of last night we're at 593. And I know there's a lot of groups that are working on bringing their boxes over the weekend. And it's not too late, until Monday morning," said Shelor.
You can drop off your donations at the Crossing Church in Quincy at the corner of 48th and Maine.
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