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Sun Valley High BETA Club Helps Process Shoeboxes for Children in Columbia

The Sun Valley High School BETA Club helped process thousands of shoeboxes for many children in Columbia, as part of Operation Christmas Child on Saturday, November 28th 2020.  During Saturday's processing event, over 90,000 shoeboxes were processed that will go to children in Panama and Uganda. This effort will go towards Samaritan's Purses goal of processing 2,500,000 shoeboxes in Charlotte this year, and 9.6 million nationwide at the 9 processing centers.  The Charlotte processing center has more than 30,000 volunteers working in the center this holiday season. Since 1993, the Samritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2020, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach 12 million children. Shoebox gifts are collected in the U.S., Australia, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Spain and the UK. More than 500,000 volunteers world wide, with more than 150,000 of those in the United Staes, are involved in collecting, shipping and distributing shoebox gifts. For many children in 3rd world countries, the shoebox gift is all that they receive in any given year.  Some children do not have shoes, toothbrushes, socks, toothpaste and many other essential items that we take for granted. Operation Christmas Child is one of the many programs operated by Samaritan's Purse International. Some of their programs include International Crisis Response, U.S. Disaster Relief, World Medical Mission, Greta Home and Academy, Children's Heart Project, Crisis and Disaster Response, Feeding Programs, Health and Medical Programs and Water, Sanitation and Hygiend programs.  For more information on Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child please visist www.samaritanspurse.org.