It's collection week for Operation Christmas Child which means you still have time to drop off your shoe boxes. You might be wondering how collection week has been going so far so we took a look for you!
At the Knoxville Expo Center, a few thousand boxes have already been dropped off. However, volunteers at the site tell us that there could be well over 35,000 boxes but Monday.
Jim Maggard, a volunteer for the past 15 years tells us, "Over 400 churches and countless individuals hope to bring us to our goal of 38,900 shoe boxes by Monday."
Now that most of the community has filled their boxes with goodies; it's the volunteers turn to make sure the shoe boxes are mailed with care.
Jim explains the process, "We go from shoe boxes into cartons then onto a truck and off to Boone, NC. Then on to one of a 100 different countries around the world."
"I guess the biggest thing for me is the fact that I know that God works this program in an incredible way. We've seen miracles and all sorts of things that only God could orchestrate. It's a blessing to be able to join him and his work." says Jim.
Not only does Operation Christmas Child spread joy around the world but it gives more reason for the season.
Jim says, "We encourage people to put a letter in their shoebox. Most people get letters back from the children that get their box. I promise you those who put a letter in their box think about the kids on the far side of the world on Christmas morning."
If you think that you missed your chance to participate or you just don't have the time to get a box, buy the goodies and deliver it to The Knoxville Expo Center. Don't worry! At the site they have their very own "Shoebox Shop" where you can fill a box for only $15 dollars which covers the shipping, box and goodies.
The Knoxville Expo Center will be open this weekend for you to drop off your box. Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday until 7:00 p.m.