WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - In the past week, helpers from First Baptist Church volunteered their time to collect more than 9,000 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a mission founded by Franklin Graham and Robert Pierce nearly 47 years ago.
Lee Adams, Southeastern Kentucky's Collection Site Coordinator, said the mission began when Graham wanted to give kids shoe boxes full of gifts for Christmas and share the gospel with children all over the world.
"Each one of these boxes represents a child," said Adams. "So, you just take one box that equals one little girl or one little boy that's going to receive a gift of their very own and they also get to hear the good news of Jesus Christ."
Organizations have prepared to collect these items all year long for them to be processed and shipped to Boone, North Carolina where they will be sent out to needy countries.
All the boxes are packed full with stuffed animals, toys, hygiene items, and even school supplies. They will be accepting donations until 8 p.m. Monday.