Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection underway

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Article Published: Nov. 7 | Modified: Nov. 7
Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection underway

Children in Uganda excitedly open their Operation Christmas Child packages.
Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse



With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Boone individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Boone residents prepare to collect hundreds of gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 18 to 25).

At these local collection sites in the Boone area, including a new drop-off location, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Then using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received.

BOONE COLLECTION SITES

Boone Processing Center
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, N.C. 28607
(800) -567-8580
Operating Hours: Nov. 18 to 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 24, 1 to 5 p.m.; Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Three Forks Baptist Church (new drop-off location)
1922 U.S. 421 South
Boone, N.C. 28607
(800) 567-8580
Operating Hours: Nov. 18 to 25, 3 to 7 p.m.

Although the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at http://www.samaritanspurse.org. Donors will receive an email telling them the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (704) 583-1463 or visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 18 to 25. However, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone. Participants can also build a box through an online tool, offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Additional Images

Children in Uganda excitedly open their Operation Christmas Child packages.
Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

A group of children in the Dominican Republic is presented with gifts from Operation Christmas Child.
Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

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