2017-11-08 / Faith

Collection site announced for Operation Christmas Child

This month, Sharon Baptist Church will serve as a drop-off location for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting giftfilled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, gift-filled shoeboxes filled with hope will be dropped off to be delivered to children living in poverty overseas.

This year, Carroll County residents hope to contribute more than 1,475 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“We have an opportunity in Carroll County to give these simple shoebox gifts that will make a lasting impact on children across the world,” said volunteer Pat Hufford of Flora, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for many years. “For many of these children, this shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. It sends a message that God loves them, and they are not forgotten.”

Sharon Baptist Church is located at 7012 E. 50 N., Flora. Gift-filled shoeboxes may be dropped off Nov. 13-19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call (937) 374-0761 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s

Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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