SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s a small box that can make a big difference in a kid’s life.
Volunteers in Sacramento packed gifts for children all over the world Saturday, as part of Operation Christmas Child.
“I’m packing clothes, toothpaste and a toy,” said one little volunteer.
Operation Christmas Child is set to reach a milestone using a simple gift.
“It’s going to a 5-9 year old girl,” the volunteer said.
Shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and necessity items will be distributed to over 100 countries, reaching 100 million gift boxes.
“We look to partner these shoebox gifts with local pastors in the neediest areas of the world,” said Randy Riddle, Operation Christmas Child.
Twelve-year-old Evilyn Pinnow started her own box club four years ago at the age of eight. The young humanitarian will be given the honor of traveling to the Dominican Republic to hand deliver the 100-millionth gift box this December.
“We have 80 members in the club. We get together every month to pack 40-50 shoeboxes each month. Our motto is ‘Kids helping kids around the world,’ ” said Pinnow.
The young girl from Wisconsin understands how a simple gift can bring so much joy.
“There was one boy who was just jumping before he even opened the box,” said Pinnow.
Sacramento was one of 10 cities, nationwide, to host a packing party. Saturday’s event brought together nearly 2,000 people, all making a difference around the world.
“Often times these children who get these boxes, this is the first time they’ve ever received a gift of any kind in their entire lives,” said Jeremy Bentlet, Operation Christmas Child.
Last year there were 42,000 shoeboxes collected in Sacramento. Saturday’s goal was 46,000.