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      Shoe boxes make a world of difference

      A group of Quincy Junior High students want to make sure kids halfway across the globe have a merry Christmas. All it takes to do so is a couple of shoe boxes and some tape.

      The students packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child on Friday at LifePoint Bible Church in Quincy. The boxes are filled with toys, school supplies, and toiletries. Later this month, the boxes will be shipped to kids in India, Madagascar, and Zambia.

      The group has been packing boxes for several years, and they hope the rest of the Tri-States will lend a hand as well.

      "It helps a lot of kids that you might not think it does. And you could get your kids into it, too, so instead of getting so much for Christmas they could be giving their stuff to other people," said Jenna Robison, a 7th-grade student at QJHS.

      Robison and her classmates are hoping the Quincy area will contribute up to 2,000 boxes.

      If you'd like to contribute a box, you can drop it off at LifePoint Bible Church, 1739 Harrison, beginning November 18 through November 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

      The church will also be accepting boxes on November 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and November 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. LifePoint Bible Church is the main drop-off location in the Quincy area.

      According to the organization's website, Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 and has delivered Christmas gifts to around 100 million children worldwide.

      For more information on how to create and contribute a shoe box, visit samaritanspurse.org or contact Susan Holzgraefe at dsholzg@gmail.com.