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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Fairfield FFA packing gift boxes for needy children

Nov 13, 2012

The Fairfield FFA is sponsoring a project which sends shoe boxes filled with gifts to less fortunate children worldwide.

The event, which is known as “Operation Christmas Child” has been around for nearly two decades.

“Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse has collected over 94 million gift-filled boxes and sent them to over 130 different countries worldwide,” said Fairfield FFA member Trent Taglauer. “Last year, Operation Christmas Child delivered 8.2 million gift boxes alone.”

Taglauer also commented on how the project helps members of the FFA grow their world.

“These boxes put smiles on the faces of little children everywhere, and they help put a smile in the hearts of the students and people who pack the boxes,” he said. “This is a great event for the FFA where it teaches the gift of giving to help support a better world.”

The Fairfield FFA’s goal is to have 50 boxes worth of gifts.

Taglauer described the process which happens in creating a gift box locally,

“What we do is we take all of these boxes in, and then we take fundraising that we’ve done, and we put this money into stores to get our gifts at one day during the collection week which is Nov. 14 through the 21. We put all of these boxes together, we put colored pencils, candles, candy, acrylic paint, some other things that Christmas children would love to have, we put some hygiene items, as well as toy like a bouncy ball or a T-shirt, some wash cloths, and then we take these boxes over to Mount Pleasant and they send them to the countries that don’t get the gifts.”

Taglauer says donations for the event, which runs through Nov. 21, are welcome.

For more information or to package a box, call Taglauer at 919-6838.

 

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