MORGANTOWN — Volunteers from the Morgantown area team are celebrating the collection of more than 11,600 gift-filled shoe boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child, which sends the shoe boxes to children in need worldwide.

For many of these children, the shoe-box gift will be the first gift they ever receive.

Although collections have finished for the season, there is still time to pack a shoe-box gift online for children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. Visit to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoe box by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement. They can also donate $9 per shoe box gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination.

Info: 937-374-0761 or visit