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Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to be collected Nov. 16-23 at Calvary Baptist

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in Good life, Local News

This month, locations in the Florence area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many local residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a “Wow!” item – like a doll or soccer ball – other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

“Through the simple act of filling a shoebox, someone in Florence can make a tangible difference in the life of a child halfway around the world. Anyone can participate and bring joy to a child facing difficult circumstances,” said Regional Director Keith Burney. During National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23, Florence and surrounding area residents hope to contribute more than 23,500 gift-filled shoeboxes to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Calvary Baptist Church, 915 Cherokee Road, is serving at the collection site in Florence. Shoeboxes will be collected there Nov. 16-20 from 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Nov. 22, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 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 delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories.

For many of these children, a gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. For more information about how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 704- 583-1763. With a computer or mobile device, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Go to samaritanspurse.org/occ to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox.These gifts of hope will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries. Using special tracking technology, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org/ occ.

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