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Operation Christmas Child

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Tis' the season to give. Many churches are working to make sure everyone gets at least a little something to unwrap for the holidays.

A truck-full of gifts will soon be on its way to those who need them, compliments of many people from the panhandle.

"We have so much and they have so little and we could just share," said Kathy Mathis, Operation Christmas Child Coordinator for Cornerstone Baptist Church.

A global campaign, Called Operation Christmas Child ships shoe boxes full of needed items to impoverished countries.

"Hygiene materials, Candy, T shirts sometimes, Toys," said Anne Wynn, Collection Center Coordinator for the Central Panhandle.

Local churches have been collecting the boxes all week. The contents might seem simple, but they are treasured by the kids who receive them.

"We have couple kids actually they are in their 20s now and a girl still has the compact that she got from the people who sent it to her and a little boy still has a yo-yo," said Mathis. "The little things that our kids take for granted, means so much to them."

The panhandle has been taking part for years.

"We had 34 boxes last year and we are up to 123. We're just rejoicing over that," said Mathis.

Volunteers say it's an equally rewarding experience for them.

"We have sore backs, sore muscles and cuts and scraps at the end of the day.. But it's all worth it" said Wynn.

Operation Christmas Child wraps up, Monday, when all of the drop-off locations in the area will combine their collections and send them off to Atlanta for processing.

Worldwide in the past 20 years, Samaritan's Purse has delivered more than 100 million boxes to needy children.

If you would still like to donate these are the times and locations open on Monday November 25th:

Cornerstone Baptist Church 

213 Carolyn Avenue
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Mon – Nov 25: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

First Baptist Church Lynn Haven 

1005 Ohio Avenue
Lynn Haven, FL 32444

Mon – Nov 25: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Shiloh Baptist Church 

1976 Shiloh Lane
Chipley, FL 32428

Mon – Nov 25: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Village Baptist Church 

101 Matthew Boulevard
Destin, FL 32541

Mon – Nov 25: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

First Baptist Church DeFuniak Springs 

216 E Live Oak Avenue
Defuniak Springs, FL 32435

Mon – Nov 25: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.