When Jason and Cassandra Ingberg and their two daughters delivered 80 shoebox gifts to Evangelical Free Church in Milaca for Operation Christmas Child, the church was just four boxes away from its goal. The church hoped to exceed the donation of 787 boxes collected in 2012.
The Ingberg’s delivery of 80 shoebox gifts from children and families at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Princeton plus a donation of 70 boxes from a woman who arrived shortly after put them over that goal.
The Evangelical Free Church received more than 900 shoebox gifts to donate to Samaritan’s Purse for Operation Christmas Child from area individuals, families and churches for the 2013 collection. Each box is packaged for a boy or girl, in an age range between 2-14 years, and contains small toys, school supplies or hygiene items.
Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit Christian group, has distributed more than 100 million shoebox gifts. Each box brings joy and smiles to a child whose life has been affected by poverty, disaster, disease or war.