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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some Louisville volunteers are making sure children around the world will have a wonderful Christmas this year.
Volunteers are preparing to send shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in need.
The national effort is called Operation Christmas Child, and this year the program will reach their goal of sending 100 million shoeboxes since 1993.
Here in Louisville, volunteers spent the weekend preparing to send out the boxes, filled with toys and hygiene items.
For some kids, it's the first time they've received a gift.
"It's simple stuff," says volunteer Beth Hedgspeth. "These are kids that are orphans that have never received a toothbrush, or a pencil, or anything from somebody. So they get a gift saying they are loved."
Local volunteers are hoping to send out 35,000 boxes.