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Published November 18, 2013, 05:41 PM

Grand Forks residents open hearts, wallets for Operation Christmas Child

With the holiday season approaching people in Grand Forks are working to make Christmas a reality of children around the world. Operation Christmas Child's National Collection week starts Monday.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

With the holiday season approaching people in Grand Forks are working to make Christmas a reality of children around the world. Operation Christmas Child's National Collection week starts Monday.

Shoeboxes packed full of gifts were dropped off at Hope Evangelical Covenant Church. By early Monday afternoon several hundred of them had been collected. The project's goal is to collect nearly 7,000 shoeboxes this year. School supplies, toys and notes of encouragement fill the boxes.

"Just by packing a shoebox with a lot of small things in that you're just reaching out to kids and helping them. And most of these kids don't have anything. So anything they get is a real present for them," said Barbara Hanson, the Regional Collection Co-Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child.

Shoeboxes will be collected at Hope Evangelical until November 25th. They'll be taken to Minneapolis and eventually make their way to Madagascar, Kenya, Zambia and India.

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