Letter: Donations needed for Shoebox Project

Katia and Michael Mendoza (right) help deliver packed shoeboxes to trucks waiting to transport them to a distribution center for Operation Christmas Child last year.

Katia and Michael Mendoza (right) help deliver packed shoeboxes to trucks waiting to transport them to a distribution center for Operation Christmas Child last year.

To the editor:

Williams Elementary School art students in grades three, four and five are preparing shoeboxes for delivery to underprivileged children, ages 2-14, around the world. This service-learning project makes the boxes more attractive, and each local child adopts a box as their own.

This Williams community project, in conjunction with Operation Christmas Child, packed over 200 boxes last year. Generous individuals, businesses, churches and clubs donate the supplies. Each box includes a T-shirt, school supplies, baggy of hard candy, toys/games and hygiene necessities. Many of the children are in orphanages, remote villages, city slums and hospitals in war-torn areas. Our goal is to pack 210 this year to add to the millions of others sent from the USA.

Donations are needed. If you would like to help with this project, there are several ways:

• Gather extra items, such as pencils, soap, small toys and school supplies from around your home and deliver them to Mrs. Dent at WEMS, or to Walker Hall or call 635-4672, ext. 118 for pickup.

• Help pack the boxes at Walker Hall, Second and Grant, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30.

• Gather multiples of items that your business may be able to donate. We need motel soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hard candy, gum, small toys, large rubber bands and T-shirts.

• Pack a box(es) for a child. Pick up a list of suggested gifts and not allowed items at Walker Hall or from Julia Glaab (635-1191) or Bonnie Dent (635-2090).

• Donate money to buy supplies which are needed.

Thank you for your support in the past and current year. This project truly opens our youngsters' eyes to the poor conditions in which so many others live and gives our children a way to reach out.

Julia Glaab

Bonnie Dent

Co-Chairmen of Williams Shoebox Project

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