Shoe Boxes Full of Holiday Cheer
"This is only our second year, first year we were just a relay center, but then Samaritan Purse decided that Mid-Missouri needed a collection center, and so this is out first year as a collection center," said volunteer Herman Jacques volunteer
And collect, Jacques and the other volunteers did indeed.
In just one day, the volunteers gathered hundreds of shoe boxes full of goodies from churches and individual donors ready for shipment.
They expect to collect enough shoe boxes to fill an entire semi trailer.
15 shoe boxes per carton, and maybe 300 cartons in the trailer -- do the math, that's a lot of gifts for a lot of needy people.
And for each of those shoe boxes shipped, don't expect to find a pair of shoes inside.
"We'd like to see hygiene products, ya know something that we take for granted is toothpaste, ya know and a toothbrush, and those children don't have opportunity to do that," said Jacques. "And they are really excited about a toothbrush or toothpaste."
The group says the entire campaign, of course, is done with the needy in mind.
"You have a lot of people overseas where the wages are a dollar a day, so there's no way they can buy any of these items even if they were over there for their children," said volunteer Bill Johnson, "and so when you bless the children, you also bless the families."
For those interested in donating a standard shoe box of gifts, or even a clear plastic container the same size as a shoe box, visit the drop-off location.
The collection drive continues Sunday, from 3p.m. to 6p.m. and on Monday from 9p.m. to 5p.m., plenty of time to get out there and give.