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Volunteers gathered for 'Operation Christmas Child'

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While Halloween might not be here yet, some Quincy residents are already thinking about Christmas.

More than one hundred volunteers gathered Sunday for 'Operation Christmas Child' at the Lutheren Church of St. John.

They filled more than 600 boxes of toys, clothing and a copy of the new testament.

These boxes will be delivered to children in more than 130 countries across the world.

Volunteers say these boxes allow them to share the word of God with more than 1,600 people.

The real message here is the season of giving is year round.

"I'm helping kids my age. I can't imagine not getting gifts my entire life. This is a good opportunity to make them happier," said QND student Mandy Thompson.

"Especially when you are part of a big cool group where you're always giving and giving back to the community. There is no start or end it's just when you can give time. You just go for it," said QHS student Nolan Nettelman.

If you missed Sunday's event but want to help out in the future, here is your chance.

National ShoeBox Collection Week is Novemeber 13th through the 20th.

You can drop off your boxes at Lutheran Church of St. John at 3340 State Street.

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