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Trego seeks help to deliver Christmas around the world

TREGO -- Help make the Christmas season brighter for children around the world. Trego is undertaking what they hope becomes the world's largest Christmas project.

TREGO -- Help make the Christmas season brighter for children around the world. Trego is undertaking what they hope becomes the world's largest Christmas project.

At least with a little help from others in the area.

Volunteers are collecting simple shoe box gifts personally packed by area residents of Washburn and surrounding counties. The shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent to suffering children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child.

"This year, we would like to dedicate our shoe box season to Mary Sienko, our friend and shoe box lady, who was killed in a tragic automobile accident in June," said Nan Hendry, Trego drop-off site coordinator. "She began Operation Christmas Child in Faith Lutheran Church in Spooner. Mary had such a big heart full of love for God and for children."

The volunteers of Washburn County made bookmarks that can be added to shoe box gift to dedicate the gift in Sienko's memory, Hendry said. Bookmarks are available at Trego Community Church or by contacting the Hendrys at (715) 635-2555.

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An Operation Christmas Child drop-off site opens 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12-17 at Trego Community Church, W5635 Park St., Trego, WI 54801. Additional times are available by appointment. Call (612) 359-7025.

Contact the Hendrys for a drop-off site in Spooner.

The goal is to hand-deliver more than 8 million personalized gift-filled shoe boxes to children in 90 countries where suffering stems from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine, and poverty.

For more information, call (612) 359-7025 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org .

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