This year, Operation Christmas Child is reaching into places around the world with shoe boxes filled with gifts lovingly packed by individuals, families and groups with a heart of compassion for children living in poverty. Each shoe box travels to places where children receive the gifts in time for Christmas. But not only the gifts in the shoe box, but the love and the message of hope in Jesus that is packed with each toy, treat, and toothbrush.

At the regional collection site housed in Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, there was an increase in the number of boxes donated. A total of 26,850 packed shoe boxes from our area will be traveling to Niger and Mexico.

Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus this year, and also making an eternal difference through the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child!

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