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Christmas Comes Early In Glen Rock

Denise, at left, and Chelsea Blind of Glen Rock.
Denise, at left, and Chelsea Blind of Glen Rock. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Denise Blind

GLEN ROCK, N.J. — A Glen Rock family will play the part of Santa Claus this year, providing more than 100 gifts for needy children around the world.

The Blind family will collect presents as part of Operation Christmas Child. Denise Blind said her family participated last year and filled 116 shoe boxes with gifts.

The family members ask their friends and neighbors to help provide toys and other presents. After only a day this year, 68 donations came in, Blind said.

"It's really nice of our community, of our friends," she told Daily Voice. "The support is just incredible, and we really appreciate it."

The shoe boxes full of presents go to children in 140 different countries. Donors can track their box online and see where it goes.

The initiative is run by the Samaritan's Purse organization.

Fortune Mandaro, the regional coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, said it's important for children in need to have some help.

"i think it's a great thing, i think it's something you can do together as a family and it teaches your children to care for someone else," Mandaro told Daily Voice.

Blind wanted to instill the same message to her teenage daughter, Chelsea.

"I wanted to teach my daughter, 'You get to go shopping, you get to have a job at an ice cream store,'" she said. "Those kids know none of that. You have to give back."

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