MABANK–As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many families are already thinking about Christmas. For those who are including Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts as part of their holiday, more than 4,000 drop-off sites are now open.
Shoebox gifts prepared by generous donors and filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, Nov. 16–23. This city-wide effort to send God’s love to millions of boys and girls around the world through the Samaritan’s Purse project ends Monday, Nov. 23. Throughout the project’s National Collection Week, area shoebox donors will contribute to the 2020 global goal of reaching 11 million children.
Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to children worldwide for more than two decades. This is a project everyone can still be part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions. There’s still time for individuals, families, and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into fun gifts. The project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. Find a step-by-step guide on the how to pack a shoebox webpage by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org.
“This season, children around the world need a tangible reminder that there is hope and that God loves them,” said president of Samaritan’s Purse Franklin Graham. “Through these shoebox gifts packed with special items, children also receive the opportunity to hear about the eternal hope found in Jesus Christ.”
Individuals and families making plans to visit a drop-off location in their area can learn more about what to expect in this year’s curbside drop-off experience on the organization’s webpage. Participants can find the nearest drop-off location and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts. The online lookup tool is searchable by city or ZIP code. Signs at each location will identify the curbside drop off. Two drop off points for the Cedar Creek Lake area are Legendary Baptist Church located at 323 Legendary Lane in Gun Barrel City and One Hope located at 1700 South Palestine Street in Athens.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, seeks 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 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.