Shoebox-gift drop-off sites open November 13-20

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The Samaritan's Purse project will deliver these gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and starvation.

Operation Christmas Child boxes are arriving at Unity Baptist Church for initial processing before heading to children around the world.

Northbrook Team Leader Laura Cleveland told The Tribune that her church has no shortage of volunteers, saying, "I have dozens signed up, but we have people who are just going to show up, so.lots!"

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an global Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

The effort is part of the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child project.

Operation Christmas Child partners with churches, orphanages and schools in these underdeveloped countries that figure out which children need a gift of love the most.

"We are hoping to add another 12 million worldwide 9.6 million from the United States", said community relations coordinator, Mike O'Connor. Members of the church have already filled over 300 shoe boxes. Among the appropriate gifts, Mabry said, include dolls, small toys, hygiene items, school items such as pens, pencils and new, unused notebooks, small games, clothing, soccer balls and special notes.

National collection week is happening now through November 20.

Forest Home Baptist Church volunteers Helen Hawkins and Vicki Hodges pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child Monday
Build Your Shoebox Online! - Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse

Huerta encouraged volunteers to donate school supplies.

She says getting to help children is a blessing.

First Baptist Church of Tarboro at 605 N. Main St. will accept deliveries from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 and 10 noon Nov. 20.

"Children all around the world are receiving thing they need", Shannon said.

Because Samaritan's Purse is a Christian-based relief and ministry operation, many children who receive shoebox gifts also will participate in Operation Christmas Child's 12-lesson discipleship program, the Greatest Journey.

Klosterbuer doesn't know where this year's collection of boxes will end up.

Dana Williams of Samaritan's Purse said the Newnan goal is 20,330 boxes.

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