A local organization with worldwide ties is touching children's lives across the globe.
The heart and "sole" of Operation Christmas Child lies within each colorfully wrapped shoebox.
Each year, volunteers at Heritage Baptist Church in Dothan collect boxes filled with toiletries, school supplies, toys and hard candy from across the Wiregrass area. Each box fulfills the needs of poor children in India.
Sherrill Holloman, with Operation Christmas Child said, “This is an important program because children around the world have many needs and don't have the kind of love and blessings that our children get over here.”
Gifts go to children between the ages of 2 and 14-years-old. Each gift includes a message about Christmas and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Volunteer Clare Jones said, “I myself have a special love in my heart for children and especially those that might not have anything else for Christmas. I just feel like people here in Dothan, we have so much, what better way to show your love for someone than to give them a shoebox full of love.”
Last year, the organization collected more than 9300 shoe boxes from generous Wiregrass citizens.
This year, they're hoping to collect at least 10,000.
Volunteers say it's a "step" toward making a less fortunate child's life a little brighter at Christmas.
If you would like to contribute to the Operation Christmas Child program, shoeboxes can be dropped off at the Heritage Baptist Church in Dothan, now until the morning of Monday November 19th.
For more information about the program, call 800-353-5949 or log onto www.samaritanspurse.org.