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      Operation Christmas Child launches in Mid-Michigan

      United Methodist Church in Swartz Creek is collecting shoe box sized gifts for children in third world countries.

      This effort is part of Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse.

      Shoeboxes with toys, clothes and hygiene items are being collected for specific age groups.

      The church hopes to collect about 9,000 boxes to be sent over seas.

      To learn more or get involved call United Methodist Church at (810)635-4555.