Moab individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“This is a wonderful ministry for children who never have received a gift. They knows that someone cares for them and that Jesus cares for them.” Donna Hoffman, Moab’s relay center coordinator for the Operation Christmas Child.

This is the fourth year Moab has officially participated in Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child is the largest Christmas project of its kind. Moab residents can be part of this world-wide effort to help children by dropping off a gift-filled shoebox to the Community Church of Moab from Wednesday, Nov. 20 to Monday, Nov. 25.

From there, the shoeboxes will be delivered all over world – by truck, train, boat and bike, and even elephants.

By using a donation form found at, donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.