Shoeboxes Help Needy Children for Christmas

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

While it may not be Christmas just yet, but volunteers are already preparing presents for those less fortunate.

"There are dolls, there are balls, there are even toothpaste and tooth brushes, soap and things that we take for granted," said Linda Adams.

Adams is the administrative assistant of Salem-Troy Baptist Association.

She, along with Pike County residents are taking part in the 2008 Operation Christmas Child project.

So far, the area has collected more than 1,500 shoe boxes filled with various presents for both boys and girls.

Boxes will be shipped to Atlanta and from there they'll spread from children all over the nation, giving them a Christmas they may have otherwise never had.

Vanessa Maulden has been bringing in shoe boxes since Pike County entered the program seven years ago.

She says this does more than help those around the world; it gives her a chance to show her children the true meaning of the holidays.

"I hope that its allowing them to see that they are not the only ones in the world, that there are children that have nothing and that little small toy from the Dollar Tree or from Wal-Mart or form Dollar General is awesome for someone who has nothing," said Maulden.

Adams thankfully the lord has given them the opportunity to make a child smile on Christmas day.

If you would like to help, the deadline for drop-off is Monday. You can drop off shoeboxes at Columbia Baptist Association in Dothan.

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