Sharp County opens drop-off site for global Christmas project

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

This month, one site in Sharp County will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18 – 25.

Nov. 18 – 25, Sharp County families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts of hope filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Sharp County residents hope to collect more than 13,300 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

“I love seeing the local community rally together for a global impact,” states Shari Alexander, North Central Arkansas Area Coordinator, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for many years. “We see all ages getting involved – and more and more every year.”

Village Bible Church is located at 22 Caxambas Drive in Cherokee Village. Drop-off dates are Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. You can also drop-off items Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 24 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 25 from 7 to 9 a.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call the OCC Mid-South office at 615-962-7145, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is 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 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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