Shoebox packing party at the library

Published 9:46 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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The community recently had the opportunity to participate in a Shoebox Packing Party at the Polk County Library. This great project was spearheaded by Elizabeth Smith and Amelia Hill.


Judy Jackson, Community Relations Specialist for Operation Christmas Child, and her husband, Brian, stopped in and helped make jump ropes (made from strips of tee shirts braided together) to go into the boxes.

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The children who came by with their parents were excited to choose “just the right toys” and other items to go into the boxes. They even had the opportunity to enclose a personalized letter for the recipient.  A “Big Sister” and her “Little Sister” had made the decision to spend their Saturday doing something that would impact a child many thousands of miles away. Afterward, all their hard work was rewarded by cookies and beverages.


These shoeboxes go all over the world, to over 100 countries. Children who otherwise would receive absolutely nothing for Christmas, are delighted to open their boxes and find school supplies, basic hygiene items, as well as craft items, articles of clothing and great toys!


Submitted by Tina Melton