Getting in the Christmas spirit

North Trenholm Baptist Church kicked off their Operation Christmas Child project Sunday.

Columbia residents are encouraged to drop off shoe boxed filled with items like toys, school supplies, and hygiene products.

One girl even shared her touching story of how she received one of these boxes while she was an orphan in Russia.

"It wasn't just the physical things - toys and all that stuff, which I loved. I mean, having a teddy bear to cuddle at night is amazing. But it's more the spiritual things that I received. It was love from the person who packed the shoebox." says Elena Hagemeier, who lived at an orphanage in Russia until she came to America at 12 years old.

North Trenholm Baptist is just one of the 11 places you can drop off shoe boxes from November 18th-25