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Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is Nov. 13-20

Operation Christmas ChildLocal residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for collection on November 13 through 20 as part of the annual Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week.

The gifts will then be delivered around the world to children who are living in the midst of poverty, war, disease or natural disaster.

Otterbein United Methodist Church at 136 West Wisconsin Street in Russell will again be the local shoebox drop-off location.

Longtime local Operation Christmas Child volunteer Alice Hammack...

Local organizers always set a collection goal.

Suggested items to pack in the shoeboxes include basic school supplies, hygiene items, small toys, such as a "wow" item, and personal notes of encouragement.

Volunteer LuAnn Walters explains what not to pack.

For more information, go to or call Hammack at 785-483-1795.

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