MIAMI COUNTY — This month, several locations in the multi-county area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child —joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.
During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, local residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
This year, the project hopes to contribute more than 48,500 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:
• Grace Baptist Church, 1400 N Market St., Troy
Monday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 17 — 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 — 9 a.m. to noon
Sunday, Nov. 19 — noon to 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Upper Room Worship Center, 648 N. Hyatt St., Tipp City
Monday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 17 — 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 19 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20 — 10 a.m. to noon
Hours are subject to change.
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. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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.