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'Operation Christmas Child' Ready To Ship Millions Of Gifts Around the World

Posted December 3, 2001

— An annual project to help less-fortunate children have a happy holiday is in full swing.

"Operation Christmas Child"

is a tradition that Franklin Graham's relief organization,

Samaritan's Purse

, started years ago.

Thanks to the project, millions of needy children around the world will receive shoe boxes full of toys and school supplies this holiday season.

Volunteers working at the organization's headquarters in Charlotte include a New York firefighter named Bruce Weaver.

Weaver collected 5,000 shoe box gifts and is labeling each box he collected with the name of a victim of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"Just to see the smiles and the love that comes from the children receiving these boxes -- words cannot describe [it]," Weaver said.

Volunteers are expected to pack one million shoe boxes at the Charlotte warehouse. In all, Samaritan's Purse expects to ship five million holiday packages to children in more than 90 countries.

Those boxes will be transported by what is being called the world's largest cargo plane. The plane will leave from New York City on Dec. 12.

Its first stops are in Afghanistan and Central Asia.


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