This holiday season, Minot residents are working hard to brighten the lives of millions of needy children around the world.
This week thousands of volunteers are preparing for the collection of close to two thousand gift-filled shoe boxes as part of the largest Christmas Project of it's kind: Operation Christmas Child.
Boxes will be delivered to children in over 100 countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Kenya, and Uganda.
Boxes are organized by age and gender and can be filled with school supplies, toy trucks, trains, coloring books and much more.
Although decorative shoe boxes are available at Zion Lutheran Church of Minot, any old shoe box will work.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology to allow participants to follow their box to the destination country were the child will receive it.
(Chris Torgeson, Education Director, Zion Lutheran) "The countries and the children that receive these boxes have virtually nothing and so it is a huge event for them to feel like somebody outside of the country cares for them."
Participants should have the boxes turned in by this Friday to Zion Lutheran by this Friday.