WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Teri Brammann and Julia Glaab were all smiles last week as they began filling shoeboxes at Walker Hall. The Shoebox Project in Williams has been going strong for about 15 years. It is a part of Operation Christmas Child. Boxes are filled for children in refugee camps, war-torn areas, natural disaster areas, hospitals, orphanages and wherever there is a need. Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aide society, delivers the boxes through their aide distribution network.
The boxes are being filled at Walker Hall, corner of Second and Grant. Large tables are filling with donated supplies and clear shoeboxes are available for filling. Families are needed to help fill boxes 2-6 p.m. tomorrow and Nov. 9-10. Donations are more than welcome.
"We have no small Hot Wheels cars. We also need small bars of soap," said Glaab.
Other supplies still needed include hard candy, small T-shirts, hair ties and zipper baggies. Any amount of things children use such as socks, hats, flip flops, shoes, notebooks, pens/pencils, pencil sharpeners, flashlights (with extra batteries), solar calculators, color books, pencil cases, small bags, back bags, washcloths, "Beanie Baby"-size toys, dolls, balls, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Items need to be new or like new. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.
This is the first year Brammann has assisted with the Williams Community Shoebox Project. Her favorite part of the project is the possibility of receiving letters from shoebox recipients. A small envelope is placed inside each shoebox, providing an opportunity for recipients to express appreciation to those that donated.
"I can't wait to see what the children think of the contents of their shoeboxes," she said.
In 2010 over 8 million shoeboxes were delivered internationally. Last year the Williams community sponsored and filled 243 boxes. St. John's Church, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Rotary, Delta Kappa Gamma and Williams Elementary-Middle School were instrumental. Many families and organizations made it successful.
For more information, contact Bonnie Dent at 635-2090 or Julia Glaab at 635-1191.