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Dear Editor:

I am writing to thank Shippensburg residents for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Shippensburg community, the South Central Pennsylvania Area Team was able to collect 32,304 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

Shippensburg volunteers transformed empty shoeboxes into treasured gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys to be delivered to children around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn God loves them and has not forgotten them. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope and continue to transform the lives of children worldwide.

David Goodman

Operation Christmas Child

Chambersburg

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