Operation Christmas Child collection is Nov. 14-21

Operation Christmas Child collection is Nov. 14-21

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More than 4,500 locations will open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project. Volunteers are preparing to collect shoebox gifts during National Collection Week Nov. 14-21.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys to children worldwide since 1993. Anyone can pack a shoebox. In 2022 Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach another 11 million children. Since 2013 the Ohio East Area of Operation Christmas Child has packed and shipped over a quarter of a million shoeboxes — 265,643 to be exact.

Individuals, families and groups still have time to transform empty shoeboxes into 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.

“Now more than ever, children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”

Participants can find the nearest drop-off location and hours of operation as they make plans to drop off their shoebox gifts. Signs at each location will identify the drop-off.

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 198 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories. This year Operation Christmas Child will collect its 200-millionth shoebox. For local information go to www.samaritanspurse.com/occ or call Lynette Mahaffey, Ohio East Area coordinator, at 330-204-7244.

Drop-off sites include the following:

—Berlin: United Dayspring Church, 5641 Township Road 362, Monday, Nov. 14 from 4-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 4-8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 18 from 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon; Sunday, Nov. 20 from noon to 3:30 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 21 from 9-11 a.m.

—Millersburg: Gateway Fellowship, 1287 Massillon Road, Monday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 9-11 a.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9-11 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 18 from 5-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon; Sunday, Nov. 20 from noon to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 21 from 9-11 a.m.

—Wilmot: Berean Community Church, 1504 U.S. 62, Monday, Nov. 14 from noon to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 1-3 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon; Friday, Nov. 18 from 3-5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9-11 a.m.; Sunday, Nov. 20 from 3-5 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.