Shoebox gifts are on their way

Courtesy photos

LuAnn Lindquist, in back right, Delta County OCC Community and Church Relations director, is pictured with her fourth-grade Pioneer Club class at Grace Church in Gladstone as they present their donations to Operation Christmas Child Shoebox gift collection. Other leaders in the photo are Shannon Baxter, Joanne Lusardi, and Bethany Nelson. The shoeboxes prepared at Grace Church were sent to a processing center in Minneapolis, Minn., where they will be shipped out to children around the world who are suffering from the ravages of war, deprivation and even starvation. The local relay center collected 1,136 shoeboxes filled with toys and personal care items.