SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM)- John Brown University (JBU) students will pack Christmas shoeboxes Wednesday (Nov. 19) at 8 p.m. at their Siloam Springs campus. This is part of a regional effort to send 20,000 boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys.
Bonnie Mitchum, JBU student, has been volunteering for Operation Christmas Child for three years. The project is part of Samaritan's Purse.
"You're packing stuff that we take for granted but the children overseas, they have nothing," Mitchum said. "They live in poverty, famine or natural disaster."
"When u present them with a gift, it's probably the first gift they've ever received," she said. "It fills them with hope and love."
Since 1993, the worldwide project has delivered to more than 113 million children in more than 100 countries, according to its website. The shoeboxes will get to the kids by any means necessary including boats, planes, trains and even elephants.
"We get to come to this amazing school here and a lot of children overseas don't get to go to school unless they have school supplies and a lot of them can't afford it," Mitchum said. "So if we pack school supplies then they can actually go to school."
There will be another event at the Arvest Bank on Pleasant Grove in Rogers Friday (Nov. 21).
Click here to donate a shoe box for $25.