Samaritan’s Purse says thanks for donations

I am writing to thank Gallatin residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Gallatin and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Gallatin shoebox packers are closed until November, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at

Dana Williams,

Samaritan’s Purse,

Boone, N.C.

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