KIMBERLY - Christmas may be more than one month away, but some faith-based organizations from around Northeast Wisconsin are finishing up their holiday shopping. It's part of the project Operation Christmas Child, which delivers shoe boxes filled with gifts – like toys or school supplies – to needy children across the globe.
Fox Valley Christian Fellowship is a regional collection point for the shoe boxes; from Crandon to Manitowoc, Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay.
And the packaging of the shoe boxes as they roll in to the church seems like monotonous work; between the taping of dozens of cardboard boxes, stacking the shoe boxes on tables, packing them into the larger boxes, sealing them up and loading them onto a semi-trailer.
Then repeat the process – all during a Packers game.
But for OCC volunteers like 14-year-old Quin Stuyvenberg, it's not only kind of fun, but serves a greater cause.
"All those years of Tetris are paying off," said Quin, joking with his friends as he figured out the best way to fit the most shoe boxes into the shipping box.
"It really is, just kind of cool that you can impact a kid's life, that you've never met before, that's halfway across the world."
The start of a journey
On Tuesday, the boxes full of shoe boxes will leave for Minneapolis – one of several processing centers around the country. From there they will be shipped to locales across the world, destined for boys and girls from two to 14 years old.
"Some of the things that would be in these are school supplies, crayons, pencils, paper, things that we take for granted," explained Greg Stuyvenberg, Quin's father and the OCC collection center coordinator.
Stuyvenberg says it takes a while for the gifts to be processed, shipped, clear customs and reach a child's hands, generally by summertime.
But for 7-year-old Alizah Delfosse, the time of year is of no importance.
"Because I get to spread my love to other people," explained Alizah, "That they get to have a Christmas present too."
Somewhere among the boxes is the shoe box Alizah put together.
"I put some cars, and some hand sanitizer and some dominoes and some other things I forgot."
While she may have forgotten what or where her gift now is, it most likely won't be forgotten by the child that will soon have it.
Greg Stuyvenberg says last year, the Kimberly collection center shipped about 12,000 shoe boxes.
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