Local woman begins 15th year of volunteer work with Operation Christmas Child

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Stroudsburg, PA – Every year September to mid-November Leigh Frailey works with a local team of volunteers to collect shoe boxes that are filled with school supplies, small toys, clothing items (socks, t-shirts, ball caps), flashlights with extra batteries, hygiene items, your family photos and notes of encouragement for needy children.  In 2011, Operation Christmas Child, a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse, will reach more than 8.5 million children.

Frailey has been personally involved in packing shoe boxes for 15 years and has been in her current role as a Community Relations Coordinator (CRC) for the past 5.  As a CRC, she has coordinated local participation at events such as the West End Fair, Carbon County Fair, Light in the Park & a Family Movie event at Pocono Community Theater.  She has also received support from local groups such as scout troops, women’s groups, and service clubs such as Kiwanis.  In the Southern Pocono Area which is comprised of Monroe, Carbon, Pike and Northampton Counties approximately 11,500 boxes were collected last year.

This year the Frailey Insurance & Financial Agency will be a drop off site for gift-filled shoe boxes at their office on Rt. 611, Stroudsburg.  Once the shoe boxes are collected, they will be taken to First Baptist in East Stroudsburg.  Samaritan’s Purse sends a truck to pick them up and deliver the cartons to a processing center (there are 7 in the U.S.).  Afterwards they are shipped by land, air, sea around the globe where they are hand-delivered to children between the ages of 2 & 14.  Once the gift-filled shoe boxes are transported globally, Samaritan’s Purse teams and partners distribute them by bus, train, helicopter, boat, elephant, mule and even dog sled.  Since its 1993 beginning, Samaritan’s Purse project has collected and hand-delivered more than 86 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in more than 130 countries.  U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have all packed Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoe boxes.  Samaritan’s Purse also works in some 100 countries providing aid to victims of war, natural disaster, famine, disease and poverty.

“If you need a shoe box, I will have a limited supply in the Agency’s lobby.  People just have to come in get a shoe box, fill it with items and return it no later than November 15, 2011. I really like this project because everybody can participate from groups to individuals.” stated Frailey.

For more information, contact Carole’ Ann F. Bowyer, cabowyer@Fraileyinsurance.com, Frailey Agency, 1285 N. 9th Street, Stroudsburg. 570 421-7447