Residents requesting help with “Operation Christmas Child”

Debbie Patterson (L) and Donna Henderson (R) assemble boxes last year. (Pioneer File Photo)

Southwest Healthcare Services long-term care residents have decided to show their continued support of Operation Christmas Child. Kenny Rajewsky says, “Being the president of the residents’ council I’m trying to find more donors to bring in gifts for Operation Christmas Child. The ages are for boys and girls 2-14 year.” The shoeboxes brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes along with the Good News of God’s love. This program of Samaritan’s Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on mission project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus!

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How can you/your family, organization, or church help? Residents are now collecting items with a wow item, hygiene items, school supplies, fun toys and whatever else you could fit into a shoebox that is not perishable, liquids, glass, or aerosol. You can also donate money for postage ($9 per box).  If you wish to donate money for postage or to purchase items needed make your check payable to Southwest Health Care Services and in the memo designate it for Operation Christmas Child. We will be taking the shoeboxes to Eido Printing in Mott who will organize the shipment to Minneapolis. From there they are sorted and shipped out to needy children overseas.”

There will be drop boxes at the main entrance of SW Healthcare Services Long-Term Care, Clinic, and the Hospital. The residents will pack boxes November 11th.  It’s also possible for you to pack your own shoebox and drop at the Long Term Care facility no later than November 14th.  If you have questions or need more information contact Deb Patterson at 523-3214. You can go to the website to learn more about this project or to build a shoebox on-line at

Our thanks in advance for giving an extraordinary gift this year to a child in need of joy and hope. Thank you for allowing our residents the happiness of being a part of this project which they couldn’t do without your support.

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