Christmas project collection sites to open Nov. 18

Operation Christmas Child transforms empty shoeboxes into gifts for children around the world

Staff report
Posted 10/28/19

Sites in the south metro area will collect shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's national collection week Nov. 18-25. Area families, churches and groups are …

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Christmas project collection sites to open Nov. 18

Operation Christmas Child transforms empty shoeboxes into gifts for children around the world

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Sites in the south metro area will collect shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's national collection week Nov. 18-25.

Area families, churches and groups are transforming empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan's Purse project partners with local churches to deliver the gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, area residents hope to collect more than 14,500 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“I love seeing the local community rally together for a global impact,” regional director Paul Fischbach said in a news release. “We see all ages getting involved — and more and more every year.”

For information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 303-745-9179, 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 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 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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