HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- International relief organization Samaritan's Purse held its annual "Operation Christmas Child" drive. Here in the Madison County area and surrounding cities, folks were definitely in the giving spirit.
After the drop off locations closed, and all the shoeboxes counted, Madison County and surrounding areas donated enough toys and gifts to reach 48,000 children in need.
The shoeboxes go to children suffering from war, natural disaster, and famine in international countries. For many of them, it's the first Christmas gift they will ever receive.
Filled with school supplies, toys, and other basic essentials, these small shoe boxes mean the world to that child. The holidays can put people in the giving spirit, and though it's nice to receive, sometimes the best gifts are the ones we can give to others.
If that's the case for you, there are still way to give back this season. Though local drop off locations have closed, you can still participate in Operation Christmas Child online.
You can pack a shoebox online just like you would at home, and you can even customize the shoebox to a specific age or gender, including a note of encouragement and a picture.
Operation Christmas Child delivers to kids in some of the most hard to reach countries, so you can even follow your box to see where it ends up going.
Here in the states it's the most wonderful time of the year, and with a simple shoe box you can spread that christmas cheer. To find more information on how you can create a shoebox online, click here.
The Salvation Army 'Angel Tree' also still has angels available for adoption if you would like to help local families.