Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week concluded on Monday. Cornerstone Christian Church in Effingham served as the collection center for the area, with a total of 22,909 shoeboxes collected.
Shoe boxes are filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement, and are sent to children in need around the world.
Collection Center Coordinator Pat Berry said the shoeboxes collected in Effingham will be sent to children in around 20 countries. World wide more than 124 million gift-filled shoeboxes are sent through Operation Christmas Child to children in more than 150 countries and territories.