The garage of Michele MacNeal’s La Crescenta home was filled with cardboard boxes stacked up high to the ceiling on Sunday.
Inside the boxes were shoe boxes wrapped in Christmas paper. Each contained small gift items for young boys or girls.
With the help of hundreds of donors, MacNeal collected the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, an international service project organized by Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid to victims of poverty, disease, famine and natural disasters around the world.
Operation Christmas Child, which is an offshoot of Samaritan’s Purse, helps children who are less fortunate.
MacNeal started the project seven years ago with her family.
“I was really looking forward to doing it with my kids if nothing else,” she said. “It gave them the clear idea that there are kids around the world that have a lot less than they do.”