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November 15, 2007

Valdosta - A charity organization needs your help to assure every child around the world has a gift this Christmas.

Samaritan's Purse is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child.

The program collects shoe boxes stuffed with toys and other items for children in India, Africa and other impoverished parts of the world.

Organizers say things many American children take for granted are cherished by children in many other countries. 

"Personal hygiene items, toothpaste, toothbrush, many items we take for granted but these children who receive the boxes all around the world are just ecstatic with. It's stuff they want and will probably never get again," says Anne Eames, Collection Coordinator.

They've collected about six thousand boxes in Valdosta and will collect them until Monday at noon at the VSU Baptist student center.

The organization as a whole will collect millions of gifts in time for Christmas.