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Operation Christmas Child comes to Wausau

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This isn't Santa's workshop, but at Bible Truth Chapel in Wausau, they're working like elves for a good cause.

"We want to be able to give because they don't have," said Carol Buch, the relay center organizer.

The church is participating in Operation Christmas Child, a nationwide program that sends millions of shoe boxes to children in need. Boxes are separated by gender, and people can put any kind of gift inside.

"You can put in hygiene or school supplies things these children normally would not have and toys," said Buch.

After they're wrapped and dropped off, the church sends them to Samaritan’s Purse in Minneapolis, where they're delivered to children around the world.

"This years boxes will go to Madagascar, Zambia, and Kenya," said Buch.

Organizers say about 20 volunteers are helping pack the shoe boxes into shipping crates.

"They're overjoyed getting a Christmas box like this I would too if I was in a country where it is hard to get any gifts," said John Niemeyer, a volunteer at the church.

Niemeyer has volunteered to help with the program since it started. He says more shoe boxes come in every year.

"It's just been growing it started with 1,200 now we're up to 3,500," said Niemeyer.

They have a long way to go but these elves will continue to pack and collect, making sure they do their part to spread the holiday spirit.

"One day this will come to an end but I'll do it as long as I can," said Niemeyer.

If you would like to donate a shoe box to the Bible Truth Chapel, they are being collected until next Monday.

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