Operation Christmas Child needs community’s help

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The holiday season may still be a fewmonths away, but Santa is already in need of some helpers.

Operation Christmas Child put out a call for help Saturdayto the members of local churches and civic groups that gathered at theCraighead County Library.

The nonprofit needs help collecting shoe boxes packed withsimple gifts as well as hygiene items and school supplies that can be sent to childrenin need overseas.

Melinda Dixon, the group's Northeast Arkansas areacoordinator, says she hopes people can send off a record number of boxes thisyear.

"We packed a little over 7,000 boxes last year in ourseven-county area, so we would love to have over 10,000 boxes this year," Dixonsaid. "That's just a really high goal. It's our God goal."

Operation Christmas Child will begin collecting boxes fromNovember 18 to November 25.

If anyone would like to donate or find out how to getinvolved, contact Melinda Dixon at 870-476-3594 or send her an email at melindadixon4@yahoo.com.

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