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Concord United Methodist youth collect items to send overseas in conjunction with Operation Christmas Child .

A few youths from Concord United Methodist Church (UMC) in Stony Creek held an Operation Christmas Child Shoe-box Ministry packing event on Monday, Oct. 21, as their kickoff to raising over 100 boxes for their church missions.

The children set a lofty goal of filling 50 boxes on their kickoff night. Little did they know that in just two short hours of shopping in local stores, they would successfully meet their goal. They were filling 30 boy boxes and 20 girl boxes with each an outfit, socks, and underwear, personal hygiene items, coloring books and crayons, toys, hair-bows, dinosaurs, trucks and more.

They set out to fill their boxes with the money they raised in donations from community and church members, budgeting through their shopping event. These kiddos deemed themselves as thrifty shoppers, with their investment in each box totaling $14.

“We give thanks to God for this opportunity to reach children globally each year through this simple ministry of filling shoe-boxes,” Mission Outreach Leader for Concord UMC, Alexis Jones, says “My hope is that one day, our youth can be present to hand these boxes out personally to these children around the world, and receive the true blessing of giving and sharing the message of the Gospel.”