TWIN LAKES - With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Iowa families, businesses, schools and churches are putting their gratitude in action and celebrating their blessings by giving back.
Through Operation Christmas Child, locals are joining tens of thousands of people across the U.S. to fill empty shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and necessity items for impoverished children around the world.
Many churches in Iowa serve as relay centers collecting the shoe boxes for their areas. This year, Twin Lakes Bible Camp, 7718 Twin Lakes Road, just west of Manson, is a new relay center collecting shoe boxes for the area.
Beginning Monday and through Nov. 19, shoe box gifts can be dropped off at Twin Lakes Bible Camp.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of International Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind.
For many of these children, the shoe box gift will be the first gift they've ever received. Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone in 2012, collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since the project began in 1993.
Anyone can participate in Operation Christmas Child. For more information, visit: www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC.