Perry, Iowa, Oct. 24, 2017—This month, several locations in the multi-county Southwest Iowa will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoe boxes for children in need around the world.


During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Perry residents will transform empty shoe boxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoe box gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.


This year, the Southwest Iowa hopes to contribute more than 6,035 shoe box gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.


“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoe boxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director Nicole Sheldon. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”