For the first time, Colonial Presbyterian Church will be a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.
National Collection Week is November 14-21. Any organization in the area can drop off their filled shoeboxes at the church during the designated hours. Individuals and groups can also pick up more information about how they can participate during the same times. Volunteers will be available at the church during the following dates and times:
Monday, Nov. 14 9 a.m. – Noon
Tuesday, Nov. 15 9 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday, Nov. 16 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18 9 a.m. – Noon
Saturday, Nov. 19 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20 Noon – 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 21 9 a.m. – Noon
Colonial Presbyterian Church is located at 3550 Poplar Drive, between Ogden Road and Route 419. For more information about the collection, call the church at 774-2706. Go to the Samaritan’s Purse web site for more information about the program and how you can participate www.samaritanspurse.org.
Submitted by Melissa Williams.
Read on for more information about Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, that collects gift-filled shoe boxes and delivers them in the name of Jesus Christ to children living in desperate situations around the world.
In 2010 8,183,087 boxes were collected from individuals and groups in Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Operation Christmas Child delivered the shoe boxes to children in 97countries including Ghana, Madagascar, Romania and Papua New Guinea.
Every day boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease and natural disaster. Operation Christmas Child makes it possible for millions of these children to experience God’s love through shoe boxes filled with gifts. These shoe boxes open doors for presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ by working in and through local churches where possible, offering children’s literature and through culturally appropriate evangelistic and follow-up programs. One of the things that makes Operation Christmas Child so special is its emphasis on kids helping kids. This project provides a simple, tangible way for children and teenagers, to join adults in sharing the joy of giving to children around the world at Christmas.
Samaritan’s Purse adopted Operation Christmas Child in 1993 and since then has collected and distributed over 86 million shoe box gifts for needy children in more than 130 countries and territories. A British layman named Dave Cooke started the project in 1990 in Wales.