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Mukilteo collects record number of shoebox gifts


December 23, 2015

A boy from Liberia receives a shoebox gift for Christmas.

Thousands of children will soon experience the joy of Christmas, thanks to the Mukilteo community.

Residents packed empty shoeboxes with small items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse that sends gifts to children in need around the world.

Mukilteo churches, businesses, schools and residents collected more than 11,900 shoebox gifts from Nov. 16-23 for the project this year, a record over last year's collection of 10,589 gifts.

For those who missed National Collection Week, you can still get involved. Through the Samaritan's Purse website, you can virtually "pack" a shoebox, allowing anyone with a computer or mobile device to provide a tangible gift to a child a world away.

At, donors can select a child's age and gender, shop through an online selection of culturally relevant gifts, and finish by uploading a photo and writing a note of encouragement to the child who will receive it.

After the shoeboxes are packed and sent by the Operation Christmas Child team, donors can discover where in the world their gifts will be delivered.

The website’s virtual-packing tool is designed to be a convenient yet meaningful way to join in a project that brings hope to children in need.

It also offers the option to ask others to donate or the opportunity to share the gift of giving through a shoebox gift card.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to deliver gifts to another 11 million children.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 253-572-1155 or visit


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