'Adopt a Shoebox' Today, Get a Chicken Sandwich
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Western Kentucky Operation Christmas Child team has partnered with a Paducah Chick-fil-A restaurant to promote the upcoming opportunity to send a shoebox gift to a child somewhere around the world.

The first-ever "Adopt A Box" event on Friday, November 15 is at the stand-alone location of Chick-fil-A on Hinkleville Road from 11 am until 6 pm. For a $10 donation, participants can adopt a pre-filled shoebox that will be sent to a child in need. Each donor will receive a voucher for a free chicken sandwich (limit one per person).

Kathy Butler, Operation Christmas Child's West Kentucky Area Team Coordinator, says the donation will cover the cost of the contents of the box, and a generous donor has agreed to pay the shipping cost for each box, which is about $9.

Butler hopes this will help the teams in this area collect a total of 17,500 shoeboxes for children.

Codie Foreman with Chick-fil-A says this year marks the first time pre-filled boxes will be available for purchase at the restaurant.

"We've done just passing out the shoe boxes over the past three or four years, but this year we wanted to kind of take it up to the next level. Our community is so generous we wanted to give them an opportunity to adopt a box." Foreman said.

Operation Christmas Child is a project by Samaritan's Purse that encourages individuals and groups to fill and donate their own shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children around the world. The boxes are collected at nearly 5,000 nationwide locations November 18-25, and Samaritan's Purse makes sure they are delivered to children along with the story of Jesus' birth. Last year, more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts were collected and distributed. Since 1993 more than 168 million boxes have been shipped to more than 160 countries and territories.

Learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, get a "Follow Your Box" label and find the nearest drop-off location at the link below. If your organization would like more information about helping Operation Christmas Child, contact Butler at 270-564-3550.

On the Net:

Operation Christmas Child website

Published 03:41 AM, Friday Nov. 15, 2019
Updated 05:47 AM, Friday Nov. 15, 2019

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