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Churches across the area take part in Operation Christmas Child

The organization Operation Christmas Child has sent shoe boxes out to over 146 million children in more than 100 countries.

Different churches in central Nebraska are helping those in need.

They are participating in a project called Operation Christmas Child where they are joining 5,000 other locations collecting shoe boxes filled with gifts.

For some of these churches, this is their fifth or more year doing this.

The organization Operation Christmas Child has sent shoe boxes out to over 146 million children in more than 100 countries.

These boxes will be sent to children affected by war, disease, poverty and more.

"It helps us to see how even being in small town Nebraska you can have an impact around the world,"

Hastings and Minden E-Free churches are two of the drop off sites.

"It's a great opportunity for our church to get involved in the community and outreach to children around the world," said Hastings Evangelical Free Church collection site manager Nathan Husyer.

The shoe boxes can be filled with items like a hairbrush, washcloth, toys, clothes and a personal note.

"Kids get stuff that they never had and they also then get into where they can learn a little bit about Christian religion," said Minden Evangelical Free Church drop-off manager Gary Spelllman.

Some teens from Agra, Kan., had the chance to shop for Operation Christmas Child. They wrote letters and said prayers over boxes.

"It's kind of fun to see the impact of what we can do to help share joy and love."

You can donate nine dollars online to get a tracking label to follow where your box is going.

Different drop-off locations are in Kearney, Grand Island, Holdrege, Ord, Gothenburg and Phillipsburg, Kan.

Click here to find a location near you.

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