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65K shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies head to Iraq

Written by Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Tens of thousands of shoeboxes filled with gifts will be airlifted and sent to Iraq Friday.

Samaritan’s Purse is behind this effort to bring some joy to Syrian refugee children now living there.

Channel 9 reporter Stephanie Coueignoux was at Charlotte-Douglas Airport where volunteers are loading the plane.

Workers loaded pallet after pallet onto a 747. There are 65,000 shoeboxes in all.

The president of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, delivered powerful words to the crowd of volunteers.

Coueignoux spoke with Graham who said they are still waiting on paperwork to be signed in Iraq before they are able to deliver the gifts, but he isn’t expecting any delays.

“This is the first time we’ll actually be able to take shoeboxes to children in these refugee camps and Iraq, but we’ve been buying shoes, blankets, stoves and doing this for several months,” Graham said.

Each shoebox is filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene products.

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Please donate $10 for every shoebox you prepare. Your donations will help cover project costs, including shipping (make one combined donation for multiple shoeboxes). Consider making an additional donation to help Samaritan's Purse go beyond the shoebox and expand assistance to children, their families, and their communities. Samaritan's Purse does not provide receipts for the value of gift items included in a shoebox.