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Operation Christmas Child drop-off Nov. 15-22

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    The local Operation Christmas Child effort is scheduled to take place Nov. 15-22 at Believers Eastern Church on the Gospel for Asia campus. Courtesy photo

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is Nov. 15-22 at Believers Eastern Church, located on the Gospel for Asia campus at 1116 St. Thomas Way, Wills Point.

Pick up a free OCC shoebox from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, though any standard shoebox will work.

Drop off your unwrapped shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in need and labeled with the corresponding age group for boys and girls.

Drop off times are the hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 15-19 or deliver boxes from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 20; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, and 9-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22. Signs will be outside the location of the church as cars turn into the Gospel for Asia driveway off Farm to Market 2965 (FM 2965) in Wills Point.

This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to reach 11 million children in more than 100 countries with the shoeboxes filled with gifts such as toys, writing and coloring supplies, hygiene items, and even articles of clothing.

To participate and give a shoebox, simply start with a medium sized cardboard or plastic shoebox or pick one up at Believers Eastern Church at the GFA campus. Choose to pack it for a boy or girl and decide on an age category: 2-4; 5-9; or 10-14. Fill it with quality items such as a doll, a deflated soccer ball with a pump, a stuffed animal and/or other fun and necessary items.

Do not include candy, toothpaste, used or damaged items, war-related toys, breakables, food, or liquids.

Visit samaritanspurse.org/occ for more ideas. One may include a photo of themselves or their group to personalize it. Additional information about the event can be found by emailing wpshoeboxes@becna.org.

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 188 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.