Senior Center to host Operation Shoebox

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Mercer County Senior Citizen Center is a host site for Operation Shoebox.

Kim Schaefer

Executive Director

Mercer County Senior Center

What is Operation Shoebox? It is an excellent opportunity to outreach to underprivileged children around the world. My first affiliation with it was 23 years ago with my then very young children and their school. It can be seen as a religious act as well. Here at the Mercer County Senior Center we see it as a way to pay it forward in this world that needs good deeds.

We will host as a site this year for those who wish to contribute towards shoeboxes. We will also receive anyone’s boxes that are completed. November 16 is the kick off date and we will begin filling our boxes at noon that day. If you want to contribute an item to help fill a box or you want to do a whole box, here are some suggestions. Get an average-size shoebox. Decide if you will do a boy or girl and the age category. The age groups are 2-4 year olds, 5-9 year olds and 10-14 year olds. Then, gather your items.

A “WOW Toy” is a great start. Then add some school supplies, such as pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, and coloring books. Non-liquid hygiene items, such as packaged toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, washcloths, barrettes, brushes and combs. Non-perishable candies are a good idea, too. I always try to think as if I’m helping Santa fill a stocking. Please no war-related items, such as guns or toy soldiers.

The box can be wrapped in gift-wrap paper but not the items. Once you’ve finished your box or gathered your item(s) bring them to the Mercer County Senior Center and we will get them all to the drop sight on Nov. 23. Each box does have a $7 shipping donation. We have extra labels at the center for anyone who needs one. I thank you in advance for helping to spread some good news and great joy.