MENOMONIE, WIS. (WEAU) --- The world's largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child is underway. The goal for Western Wisconsin is to collect 8,000 shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for kids in need overseas.
Menomonie’s Oak Ridge Lutheran Brethren Church is just one of the drop-off locations in the Chippewa Valley.
“People are much more tenderer hearted and no one wants to see children no matter where they are going without some type of acknowledgment during the holiday season,” said coordinator Kris Korpela.
Operation Christmas Child is when families and groups collect gift-filled shoe boxes and send them to children in need all over the world. All you do is fill out a form selecting the age and gender of the child you want to send the gifts to and then drop the shoe box off.
Nancy Platz has been volunteering for Operation Christmas Child for five years. She said she always enjoys going to the store to pick out the items for the boxes.
"I think it's really exciting to imagine how exciting this would be for the children to get boxes," Said Platz. She continued to say this is the time of year when you should think about someone other than yourself.
“Christmas is a good time to think beyond yourself and to think of others and to think of people that are less fortunate."
Operation Christmas Child runs through Monday November 24th. There are two other drop-off locations in the Chippewa Valley; in Eau Claire at Peace Church, and in Chippewa Falls at Landmark Christian Church.