DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Christmas may be more than a month away, but a local church is focused on giving year-round.
The Parkside Baptist Church in Denison packs up boxes for Operation Christmas Child, part of Samaritan's Purse, every year. This year was a little different--the kids were in charge.
"We decided to present our girls with several different options for a Christian service project, and one they chose themselves was the idea to pack a box," said Donna Cooper, a 5th and 6th grade Sunday school teacher.
The tally on Sunday was 101 boxes full of supplies, toys and hygiene products to be shipped out to kids of all ages across the world and in America as well.
"They responded and were so happy to be a part of something bigger than their selves," Cooper said.
10-year-old Shelby Blackmon and Kate Turner were just two of the kids who hand-picked the items for their boxes--something they do as a family activity.
Turner said her favorite part was "being able to impact other kids by just sending a shoe box to a different county and knowing we care for them."
There's still time to up the number. The official drop-off week for Operation Christmas Child is Nov. 13-20.
Information on packing your box and other drop-off locations can be found at the website.
The Parkside Baptist Church said they'll still take donations up until Nov. 10.