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Children from around the world -- like Panama - are excited each year to receive shoeboxes through Operation Christmas Child filled with items including pencils, paper, soap and socks as well as fun items like stuffed animals, toys and candy. Over 1,000 shoeboxes from Detroit Lakes area residents are distributed among the millions given out each year. Submitted Photo

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For years, Lillian Shafer has been putting together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

The Detroit Lakes woman is a month shy of turning 80 and has decided to cut back on the amount of shoeboxes she packs this year. This year, she'll only pack about 200 shoeboxes -- yes, cutting back to 200.

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"It's about as much as I can handle and whatever I have left over, I'll delegate to my daughter," she said.

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