Generous Hoosiers Help Needy Children Enjoy Christmas

Operation Christmas Child Seeks Donations

Thousands of children in need all over the world will have a brighter Christmas thanks to some generous Hoosiers.

Heritage Christian School and churches throughout central Indiana are teaming up to help Operation Christmas Child, an international project that provides gifts to needy children, 6News' Julie Pursley reported.

The giving begins with a shoebox. Organizers hope to fill three semitrailers with 50,000 boxes stuffed with presents. Adam Logan, 10, vividly remembers getting an Operation Christmas Child box while he lived in a Russian orphanage four years ago.

"I was happy. I had the biggest smile on my face. I got some candy. I got a tooth brush and nice things," Logan said. "I got toys. Kids like soft things. I got a teddy bear, too."

Marvin Logan and his family in Indianapolis adopted Adam and his sister, Anna. Marvin said Adam and Anna cherished the gifts they got, and that's why their family donates to the project every year.

"The few things they get when they are there ... really mean a lot to the kids," Marvin Logan said.

Heritage Christian organizes Operation Christmas Child collection in Indianapolis. Some boxes had already been packed Tuesday morning and students were putting together more.

"It's a great opportunity to truly be able to help out little kids and to show God's love in a really practical way for them," said student Matt Armstrong.

An organization called Samaritan's Purse gets all of the boxes and will distribute them to eight million children in 120 countries this year.

"These are children who are living in poverty-stricken countries, war-torn countries, desperate situations," said volunteer Cheryl Baertschi. "There is a real need out there for these children to feel loved and cared for."

Donations are being collected at several sites from now through Monday. Volunteers are asking that $7 be included in the boxes for shipping. Payment can be made in the form of a check to Operation Christmas Child.

More Info: Operation Christmas Child Web Site

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