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  • A letter was written in regard the MT article on the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Drive. The author's point seemed to be we should help kids here, rather than children outside this country.
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  • A letter was written in regard the MT article on the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Drive. The author's point seemed to be we should help kids here, rather than children outside this country.
    While I agree with the writer that our government should be concentrating on taking care of the people of the USA before the rest of the world, I'd like to point out there are many ways to help needy children right here in the Rogue Valley this holiday season.
    Project Angel Tree collects and delivers gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated; the CASA organization collects and delivers gifts for every child in the foster care system in the Rogue Valley; and the Salvation Army, the Gospel Mission, the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and many others reach out to local children and their families.
    All this is to say that local churches and residents are not overlooking local needs when some decide to help needy children outside this country by contributing to the Operation Shoe Box Drive. Many of those sending shoeboxes are also shopping for Angel Tree and other causes.
    It's been my experience that those who voice the "kids here, not there" argument are really looking for a way to do nothing for anyone. — Charmaine Brackett, Central Point
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