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      Operation Christmas Child is in full swing

      Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, and right now local volunteers are busy preparing shoes boxes full of gifts for children in more than 100 countries.

      It's a project Saint Stephen's Church has been taking part in for more than 15 years, and it's back at it again this year, trying to beat last year's numbers.

      "Last year alone, we did over 11,000 shoeboxes out of this facility. We have relay centers in Dalhart, Pampa and Perryton that bring shoeboxes down to us and so we are trying to surpass that goal again this year," said Media Coordinator, Barbara Scheller. "It can be anything from small toys, toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, gloves, small activities, coloring books, crayons. The children just love to get any kind of toy."

      Each shoebox is individualized for boys and girls, and specifies the age of the child you're buying for.

      "Each box is labeled with a girl or boy label and it's by age group so you would want to buy the appropriate toy and/or activities that go in each box."

      Operation Christmas Child is also taking shoebox-sized plastic containers packed with toys and hygiene products, because the plastic box can also be used as a tool in some of the countries where these boxes are being sent.

      Shipping and handling is only seven dollars and you can either put it in the shoe box, tape it in an envelope on the box or pay for it online.

      If you would like to volunteer or donate to Operation Christmas Child you can contact the church or just bring a shoebox full of toys to the church.

      They are taking donations until the 21st.