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The Rev. Kirk Militzer, Published December 25 2008

Holiday shoebox effort appreciated

Moorhead

A note of heartfelt gratitude to the Fargo-Moorhead community and the greater Red River Valley for all the Christmas shoeboxes that were so graciously given again this year.

A total of 10,714 shoeboxes were collected from churches, schools, preschools, organizations and individuals during the middle of November.

The outpouring of generosity from so many people is truly a powerful statement of the DNA of those of us who live here in the Northern Plains.

These boxes will now be distributed over the course of the next months to needy children in more than 100 different countries through the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

On behalf of countless families and communities that will be touched because of a simple gift of a shoebox given in love, thank you to all who contributed. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Militzer is with Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church and was involved in the Operation Christmas Shoebox project.