As the holidays approach, volunteers across the state are collecting items to send to needy children worldwide in what's being called the World's Largest Christmas Project.
The goal is to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 90 countries that are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.
In Connecticut, organizers hope to collection 8,512 gift-filled shoe boxes. Then, by whatever means possible, send the gifts to suffering children around the world.
To get involved, you can fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessary items, candy and a letter of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child has step-by-step shoe box packing instructions available.
Three locations in Connecticut will accept the gift boxes from Nov. 17 through Nov. 24.