Mary Ann Hensley, contributor and volunteer, makes a final check on the contents of shoeboxes.

The season of giving is once again close at hand. 

The New Life Christian Church in Eolia has started their Christmas charitable donations by participating in Operation Shoebox as organized by the Samaritan’s Purse global organization.

During the past weeks, individual items have been at the church, while some donors took shoeboxes home to fill as families.

Essentials like toothbrushes, soap, washcloths, and batteries were on the To Donate list.  Also included were toys such as dolls, stuffed animals, cards, and watercolors.

Samaritan’s Purse provides a highly organized conduit of delivery as part of their national network.  After having assembled shoebox contents locally at New Life, church members delivered the packed goods to a receiving location in Bowling Green.  Then the amassed shoeboxes from local groups traveled by truck to Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis hub provided the final check on appropriateness of items in shoeboxes.  Far in advance of the holiday season, the Samaritan’s Purse personnel had completed research on areas best served through the project.

A total of 105 boxes were filled as a result of the efforts of the New Life members.