Girl collects thousands of shoebox gifts for Christian charity

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SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia girl is helping thousands of poor children overseas receive Christmas presents this year.

Nine-year-old Jordyn McNeal used social media to collect 38,000 toys and toiletries that she and her family packed into more than 5,000 shoeboxes for distribution by the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse.

The fourth-grader says, "It's been really hard but really fun."

The charity led by the Rev. Franklin Graham is sending an estimated 8-million shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries this Christmas season.

Samaritan's Purse regional director Phil Barks says, "This is an opportunity to provide them with a simple gift to let them know someone cares."

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