WAUSAUKEE — Several area churches, schools and day cares are again involved with Operation Christmas Child this fall preparing boxes for overseas delivery in December and after.

Boxes are shipped to children in desperate situations in approximately 150 countries and territories. School supplies are needed and greatly appreciated. Instead of donating a packed box, some people have opted to contribute toward the increased shipping ($9 per box) or help supply needed items for the community boxes packed with items from the schoolroom collections and area donations.

Items that are in need of this year are balls, small toys, brushes/combs and hair ties, small- or medium-size T-shirts, and dental floss (since toothpaste can no longer be sent). Any donations from area dentists would be greatly appreciated.

Interesting facts to note, a deflated soccer ball with a manual air pump is an extraordinary item to send as it could be enjoyed by a whole group of children. Also, each child gets only one OCC box in their lifetime because of the needs and population of children throughout the world.

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, which Operation Christmas Child is a part of, has been coordinating and sending thousands of volunteers to help in the areas that were impacted by the many recent hurricanes.

National collection week is Nov. 12 to 17. For Wausaukee and the surrounding area, boxes can be brought to St. Augustine Church office in Wausaukee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during collection week or contact Patricia Brien at 715-856-5053 or Sally Scott 715-856-5719 for drop offs or for more information.

They transport the cartons to the semis in Green Bay early Monday morning, Nov. 19, to be shipped to Minneapolis which is the nearest processing center.

Any involvement is appreciated.