Thanks to the generous efforts of Warren County residents, 1,807 needy children overseas will receive gift boxes packed with school supplies, toys, and necessity items.
As a result of this year's Operation Christmas Child millions of shoe boxes containing items with a collective value in the range from $20 to $40 will be shipped to children in Third World countries.
More than 5,000 of those boxes were shipped out from Pleasant Community Church, a collection site that gathered boxes from Warren, Corry, Bradford, Coudersport, and Emporium.
A total of 36 county churches participated in the event.
More than 40,000 boxes were collected in the northwestern Pennsylvania region.
The boxes are on their way to the Carolina coast, where they will be shipped to locations world-wide.
Cartons of boxes sometimes have to be taken on foot into remote villages.
Although each box may contain a toy, they also have things like tooth brushes, tooth paste, socks, perhaps a T-shirt - "things that we take for granted," Patti Seth, who spearheaded the Warren effort, said.
A box with $20 worth of goods is no small thing in the places the boxes go.
The Mid-Atlantic Director of Operation Christmas Child said a box is "the equivalent of a kid here in the United States getting a used car on their 16th birthday," Seth said. "It's life-changing."
Although the boxes are already on the move, anyone wishing to join the effort may do so.
"They could still donate monetarily to help cover the cost" of transporting the boxes, Seth said.
Donations of that sort can be made through samaritanspurse.org.
The boxes are delivered with a message. "They teach folks in the villages so they can present a gospel opportunity," Seth said. "Bringing the love of Jesus as well as the boxes."