Shoe box collection marks another successful year

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By Jennifer Caldwell



The country’s economic slowdown proved to be inconsequential to the generosity of Campbell and Scott county residents who set out to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

Margaret Faulkner, who along with her husband John, coordinated the county’s drop off site for shoe boxes collected for Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child ministry said she was pleasantly surprised with the 1,080 boxes that were turned in this year.

“I was prepared to not do as well as we had in the past because of the economy. But we actually collected four more boxes than last year,” Faulkner said.

The Faulkners along with approximately 15 other volunteers collected, packed and transported the shoe boxes filled with a variety of personal hygiene items, toys and other supplies to the Knoxville Expo Center on Nov. 24.

From Knoxville the packages were taken to the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in North Carolina where they will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary including sea containers, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels, even dog sleds, to reach suffering children around the world.

For many, the shoe box will be first gift they ever receive.