WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - If you're looking for a way to help others this holiday season Operation Christmas Child is hoping you'll fill a shoebox with goods for children to be delivered all across the globe.
The group Samaritan's Purse says it shipped 103 million boxes of goodies in the 20 years it's been around, reaching countless children in countries that are often facing great need.
Scott Thompson is the coordinator for University Parkway Church, one of the local collection centers. "The end goal of this is to put a smile on a child's face. It's pretty simple, pretty easy and anybody can do it," he said.
Some ideas of what you can put inside include a toy, personal hygiene items like toothbrush or toothpaste, and even some candy as long as it's individually wrapped and won't melt.
Things you shouldn't include are toys with guns, knives, or military figures, liquids, chocolate, lotions, or breakable items.
For the first time Melissa Milner and her grandchildren put together boxes and she says it was a good way to kick off the holiday season of giving "To help other children in other countries that don't have anything means a lot, and that's why we did it," she told us.
Boxes are being collected now through November 25.
In addition to a shoe box you can also include a check for $7 to cover the cost of shipping.
To find a local drop off location click here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org