According to Operation Christmas Child -- Great Lakes Region representative Sarah Perrott, residents in the area donated a total of 769 shoe boxes.
The gift-filled shoe boxes are now in the process of being shipped to needy children around the world.
Even though National Collection Week is over, it's not too late to pack a shoe box. Operation Christmas Child recently launched, "Build A Box," an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send Christmas gifts to more children.
"One more shoe box means one more child -- one more life that can have hope and joy this Christmas," Great Lakes Regional manager David Zimmerman said. "The power of a simple shoe box gift is incredible."
The "Build A Box" process is simple. At www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, donors select a child's age and gender, shop through an online selection of toys, necessity items and school supplies and finish it off with a personalized note of encouragement.
The gift boxes will be assembled by volunteers at Operation Christmas Child's processing center in Charlotte, N.C. Through tracking technology, donors can "follow the box" to find out where it will be delivered.
"In just minutes, you can highly customize your gifts to bring hope to a child in a desperate situation," Operation Christmas Child Vice President Jim Harrelson said. "This process is unlike anything we've every done and it will allow even more children to receive gift-filled shoe boxes. We want each of these children to know the true meaning of Christmas."
Operation Christmas Child -- the world's largest Christmas project -- is part of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in more than 130 countries.
For information on Operation Christmas Child, call 1-937-374-0761 or log on to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.