An example is a deflated soccer ball that is shipped with a pump.
“That’s the kind of thing that gets a lot of mileage, not just for that child, but for everybody around them — we’re able to reach whole communities with these gifts,” he said.
Distribution events often have more than 100 children present at a time. They are not expected to arrive at Christmas, but in the early months 0f 2020.
Désiré Nana, a 25-year-old student in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was 8 in Burkina Faso, West Africa, when he received a package.
“It was my first gift ever, and it meant a lot to me. It was a blessing for me,” he told this news outlet last year.
Shoebox packers shouldn’t include anything that would endanger the box or the child, or that wouldn’t survive a months-long trip, such as food, liquid, glass items, lotion, candy, or toothpaste (which can cause customs trouble).
The nearest drop-off locations are:
• First Baptist Church, 1501 Pyramid Hill Boulevard, Hamilton
• Cobblestone Community Church, 4191 Kehr Road, Oxford
• Bethany United Methodist Church, 6388 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Twp.
• New Covenant Church, 4340 Union Road, Middletown (Franklin)
• Lakota Hills Baptist Church, 6300 Tylersville Road, West Chester
For information about drop-off times at each location, as well as more information about the program, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.
Warren County resident Sylvia Kenniv went to Tanzania in June to distribute shoeboxes to children. She oversees four counties — Butler, Warren, Hamilton and Clermont — and said officals hope to collect 32,000 shoeboxes.
“There’s just been a lot of interest this year, so we’re really hoping we reach our goal and beyond,” she said. “It’s always very exciting when you see other people getting excited about something that you love also.”