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Kamuela opens collection site for global Christmas project

Operation Christmas Child boxes are sent to needy child around the world by boat, plane, trucks, bikes and even elephants. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Operation Christmas Child boxes are sent to needy child around the world by boat, plane, trucks, bikes and even elephants. (COURTESY PHOTO)

With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Kamuela individuals, families, churches and groups are working

to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Kamuela residents prepare to collect 800 gift-filled shoeboxes.

At the New Beginnings Assembly of God in Waimea, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Then using whatever means necessary—trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants—the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received.

New Beginnings Assembly of God is located at 65-1136 Kapiolani Rd. For more information, call 1-800-567-8580. Operating hours are Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 25, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box, by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org. Donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered. Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993.