Throughout the year, Dawn Glass, RN, and members of Remnant Church collect hygiene items, small toys, clothing and stuffed animals for children between the ages of two to 14.
Dawn’s group recently had a packing party where they organized the donated items, ending with a total of 162 shoeboxes.
The items are distributed as part of Samaritan Purse Operation Christmas Child program. Her church also serves as the central drop off location for the shoeboxes in southeast Kansas. This year, more than 6,000 shoeboxes were collected and packed onto a semi for children around the world. Boxes go to different countries each year. Last year, Dawn’s church’s boxes went to Mexico.
“What they treasure most is the stuffed animal,” says Dawn, who works at the CHC/SEK-Parsons clinic. “It’s soft and cuddly and something that they can hug. It makes you feel so good, this may be the one Christmas present they may get in their lifetime.”