WILMINGTON -- A local church has turned into a toy shop this week, gathering Christmas presents for little boys and girls around the world. It's all a part of Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is making a world of difference, helping needy children, one gift-filled shoe box at a time. "This is the greatest commission in the simplest form of a shoe box, these children they need a gift they are in war torn countries a lot of them have never had a Christmas present." Donna Murphrey says anyone can help, just fill a shoebox and bring it to Southside Baptist Church in Wilmington. "You put things in the boxes like toiletry items, pencils, pens, paper, coloring books, play dough, candy." If you don't have on old shoe-box a plastic container works fine. "They really like those boxes because it helps them haul water or store food in, in areas that the children are living in a basic hut with a dirt floor." Volunteers say everyone can help, even if you don't send the gifts. "If you can't fill a shoebox then pray for somebody that can, and pray that the flood gates open and that all the children that need a shoebox get a shoebox." You can drop of a gift-filled shoebox until Monday at nine p.m. Just bring the gifts to the Southside Baptist Church on College Road.
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