I'm writing to thank Park Ridge residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas.
Through their efforts, we were able to collect 4,889 shoeboxes - 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 shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.
Although drop-off locations in Park Ridge are closed until November 2014, shoebox 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 virtually build a box. 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.
Upper Midwest Regional Director
Operation Christmas Child