Operation Christmas Child collecting donations thru Nov. 25 - FOX Carolina 21

Operation Christmas Child collecting donations thru Nov. 25

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Crates of shoebox gift packages at an Operation Christmas Child processing center. (File/Associated Press) Crates of shoebox gift packages at an Operation Christmas Child processing center. (File/Associated Press)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Operation Christmas Child will begin collecting children's Christmas gifts Monday as they kick off National Collection Week.

Anyone interested in donating can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to one of 17 Upstate drop-off locations, spread out through Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson counties between Monday and Nov. 25.

The organization asks that shoeboxes be filled with small toys, school supplies, hygiene products and/or notes of encouragement. They also ask that every box include $7, to help pay for shipping.

Once dropped off, local volunteers will wrap and ship the gifts to needy children in more than 130 countries. Since it began in 1993, the project has delivered more than a million gift-filled shoeboxes.

Last year, the organization said 62,491 boxes were collected in the Upstate. This year, they want to beat that number by collecting 100,000, according to a press release.

Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritans Purse, also accepts monetary donations if you can't or don't have time to assemble a box.

For a complete look at locations, drop-off times and gift ideas, www.occ-upstate.com/

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