Gifts are for needy children

Dear Cristine,

Speculator locals are making a difference in the lives of more than 250 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoeboxes. Through Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, local volunteers prepared more than 250 gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Although local collection of the gifts is finished, the shoeboxes' journey to children has just begun. Volunteers will be working in the coming weeks to prepare, package and transport the 7.2 million gifts collected in Speculator and across the United States to their final destination.

Speculator residents can still get involved by building a box online. Through an online tool, participants can conveniently send shoebox gifts to kids in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Charity Musick for Northeast Office of

Operation Christmas Child / Samaritan's Purse