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Consider extending Christmas giving

I'm writing to thank Downers Grove residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect 1,499 shoe boxes -- filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items -- for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoe boxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

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Although drop-off locations in Downers Grove are closed until November 2014, shoe box gifts can be packed any time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan's Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607) or using the project's online tool, where donors can build a box virtually. To get involved, visit samaritanspurse.org or call (612) 359-7025.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.

Nicole Sheldon

Minneapolis

Upper Midwest Regional Director

Operation Christmas Child

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