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Poconos church participating in Samaritan's Purse program

"This is a way to show kids they are loved."

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LEHIGHTON, Pa. - Christmas season is right around the corner and some people are already preparing to make it a special time of year for those in need.

Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Lehighton is working with Samaritan's Purse International Relief to spread some holiday cheer to children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child is a project where shoeboxes are filled with toys, school supplies, and toiletries and sent to children in more than 100 different countries including the United States.

And, in many cases, these boxes are the first gift a child has ever received.

"This is a tangible way to show kids that are in rough circumstances that they are loved and they are thought of, and what better way to tell them about the good news of Christmas then by giving them a little gift, a small way of showing love,” said organizer Elizabeth Harris.

National collections will be November 13th through 20th.

Salem Bible Fellowship Church will be collecting at their location on Grove Road.

Operation Christmas Child has been in operation since 1970.  

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