Shoeboxes for needy children give supplies and holiday smiles

Organizers of Williams Community Shoebox Project seek donations

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams Community Shoebox Project is again under way at Walker Hall, Second Street and Grant Avenue. Large tables are filling with donated supplies and clear shoeboxes are available for filling

Families are needed to help fill boxes 4-6 p.m. tomorrow and 2-6 p.m. Nov. 1, 3, 9 and 10.

Supplies still needed include soap, hard candy, small T-shirts, toy cars, 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.

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. 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.

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