SALISBURY — Salisbury Bible Fellowship at 1500 Court Plaza Lane and Providence Presbyterian Church at 311 Parker Road are two of the more than 4,500 locations that will be open to collect Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project.
Church groups, civic clubs and individuals can join by filling shoeboxes with gifts such as school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys for children to enjoy.
They will be received during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21. Hours vary, so visit the nearest drop-off location link online which is searchable by city or ZIP code. Signs at each location will identify the drop-off area.
Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts since 1993. Anyone can pack a shoebox and this year Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoeboxes to reach another 11 million children.
There is a step-by-step guide online on How to Pack a Shoebox.
“Now more than ever, children around the world need to know that God loves them and there is hope,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “A simple shoebox gift opens the door to share about the true hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”
Also participating as drop-off locations are Christ Bible Fellowship Church in Marion, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cambridge.
If you are not part of an organized group that is building shoeboxes, or don't have the time to organize one, you can build a shoebox online through Operation Christmas Child by following the Build Your Shoebox Online link.