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Wheat Ridge families can donate colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world now through Nov. 20, when Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week concludes.

The Samaritan’s Purse project collects shoebox gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items, which are delivered to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. The West Denver Area Team volunteers have a goal of collecting more than 11,800 gifts during the week, part of the national goal of 12 million.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 303-745-9179 or visit