Crawfordsville residents are making a difference in the lives of 6,370 needy children this Christmas with gift-filled shoeboxes. Through Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, local volunteers prepared 6,370 gifts filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement that were collected in Rockville.

Although local collection of the gifts is finished, the shoeboxes' journey to children has just begun. Volunteers will be working in the coming weeks to prepare, package and transport the 7.2 million gifts collected in Crawfordsville and across the United States to their final destination.

Crawfordsville residents can still get involved by building a box online at

Through an online tool, participants can conveniently send shoebox gifts to kids in some of the hardest-to-reach countries.