But some people can barely obtain basic living essentials like toothbrushes and toothpaste.
The impending holiday season has church groups pulling together to get donations packaged and sent to children across the world in need of supplies.
“They go to our country and different countries,” Windber Calvary United Methodist Church pastor John Snyder said, adding the church’s Christmas donations are part of the national Operation Christmas Child program.
Snyder said the donations are entirely funded by members of the church, who spent last Saturday packaging a total of 75 boxes full of hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, toys and candy.
“We have an attendance of about 100 right now,” Snyder said, referring to the amount of people that assisted with the donation process.
Operation Christmas Child is a program organized through the Samaritan’s Purse organization, which provides international relief for those in need.
More information about the program can be found at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC.
After the boxes were packaged, they were sent to Belmont United Methodist Church, where they will be included with other donations before being sent to the headquarters in North Carolina, Snyder said.
The effort of getting the boxes packaged and ready for shipment also serves as a way for members of the church to bond, he said.
“It does involve the entire church,” Snyder said. “It brings the church together for a common goal and it also brings a lot of happiness to a lot of children.”
Snyder said additional fundraising and donation events being held by the congregation at the moment are to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.