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IN 1993, Samaritan's Purse and Franklin Graham began Operation Christmas Child, collecting just 28,000 shoebox gifts in the United States. Since then, the kids-helping-kids project has collected and hand delivered more than 77 million shoebox gifts worldwide. (photo: Mexico) Franklin Graham is president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, the international relief organization that runs Operation Christmas Child.

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Most children are more than happy to tell parents what they want for Christmas -- a new toy, a princess dress, race cars, the latest movie. But what about the children who have nothing and only desire a bath, socks and maybe a piece of candy?


For the second year, Community Alliance Church in Detroit Lakes is serving as the official drop-off and collection point for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project.

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