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Article updated: 11/17/2013 1:17 AM

Gurnee church hosts 'packing party' for needy children

Grayson Peterson, 6, of Wisconsin stacks fully loaded Christmas boxes Saturday during Operation Christmas Child at Immanuel Church in Gurnee. He was helping out his grandfather, Doug Peterson, who is from Libertyville.

Grayson Peterson, 6, of Wisconsin stacks fully loaded Christmas boxes Saturday during Operation Christmas Child at Immanuel Church in Gurnee. He was helping out his grandfather, Doug Peterson, who is from Libertyville.

 

photos by Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Raegan Hawn, 7, picks outs toys for her Christmas box at Operation Christmas Child with her dad, Nick, and sister, Sydney, 4, of Grayslake at Immanuel Church in Gurnee on Saturday. The boxes will be shipped to places like Kenya, Zambia, India and Madagascar.

Raegan Hawn, 7, picks outs toys for her Christmas box at Operation Christmas Child with her dad, Nick, and sister, Sydney, 4, of Grayslake at Immanuel Church in Gurnee on Saturday. The boxes will be shipped to places like Kenya, Zambia, India and Madagascar.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald staff report

Volunteers held a "packing party" Saturday to prepare boxes of toys, toiletries, clothes and candy to ship to needy children in other countries.

Operation Christmas Child was staged at Immanuel Church, 2300 Dilleys Road in Gurnee from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a project of the nonprofit Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

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Officials anticipated packing more than 5,000 shoe boxes for children in countries, such as Cameroon, Congo, South Sudan and the Ukraine at the event.

Immanuel Church has been hosting packing parties since 1995, organizers said.

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