Churches across East Texas are accepting shoe boxes full of gifts for kids in need this Christmas.

Faith Community Church in Tyler has received over 2000 boxes since it began accepting donations for Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child.

Donors are asked to purchase a toy along with other small items like school supplies and games and place them into a shoe box which will then be donated to a child living in poverty around the world.

According to Faith Community Church's pastor Mark Skaheim, they "have boxes from big churches, little churches, a mom and her two kids come in and donate. It really is a blessing to see."

The deadline for donations is Monday, November 21.

For a list of drop off locations and more information about Operation Christmas Child, click here.