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Published November 14, 2012, 02:50 PM

Operation Christmas Child Expects to Send Gifts to 100 Million Children This Year

With thanksgiving right around the corner the Grand Forks community is showing gratitude by joining millions of other Americans taking part in Operation Christmas Child.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ

With thanksgiving right around the corner the Grand Forks community is showing gratitude by joining millions of other Americans taking part in Operation Christmas Child.

2012 marks a milestone year in the project, with more than 100 million children expected to receive a shoebox filled with donated gifts. Volunteers at Hope Church are expecting a record-setting year of their own. More than 25 volunteers are hoping to get close to 8,000 boxes dropped off this holiday season in Grand Forks alone.

The project just began two days ago and already 500 boxes have been collected at Hope to be donated to various countries. By using special tracking technology, participants can follow their shoe box and discover the country the box is headed to. For Barbara Hanson, who has been volunteering with the program for 13 years, it's the best time of the year.

Hanson: “I love doing it, it's just fun. It's a great way to help kids who don't have anything.”

Anyone can participate in Operation Christmas Child. You can drop off boxes anytime until Monday at 9 pm at Hope Evangelical Covenant Church on 17th Ave S.

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