BURLINGTON, NC - Though it is only July, Operation Christmas Child is underway in Burlington.

Volunteers met Saturday morning at St. Mark's Church to learn how to turn a shoebox into a gift for children in over 100 countries.

Each shoebox will be filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement for children who are suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war terror, disease and famine.

And locals are getting into the Christmas spirit!

Alamance residents are hoping to pack a total of 27,700 shoeboxes for the cause.

At the event, there were not only people who are looking to help kids in need.

Dania Yadago once received a shoebox herself,

“Thank you for all the people who pack shoeboxes and for the people who sent me my shoe box, I don’t know who you are, but I know every shoe box is appreciated and it does make an impact. Its amazing how god can take a ordinary carpet and do something extraordinary with it”

She told WFMY News 2 that she was praying for a radio for her family, and ended up getting one in her shoebox.

If you want to help you can get more information by clicking here.