‘Operation Christmas Child’ shoebox drop off site here

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For the very first time, donors living in Switzerland and Ohio Counties will have a local drop off for their Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

Concord Community Church, Patriot, will open their doors to accept shoeboxes during National Collection Week, November 13th-20th.

The Concord Community Church has been packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child for the past eight years, brought by the Widner Family when they first joined it. The church made a commitment this year to also serve its community.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected shoebox gifts filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items and distributes them to children living in need around the world. Delivered into the hands of children through local churches, every shoebox gift is an opportunity to share about Jesus Christ and God’s love.

Bonnie Schreiner, the new drop off team leader, is excited to support a worldwide ministry for children. As a retired school teacher, Bonnie also believes that it is important to provide opportunities for children to help other children. The US goal this year is to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach 12 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, and Ukraine.

Bonnie is looking forward to a celebration with participants in the community after National Collection Week is over. Bonnie says, “It is my vision and prayer for churches to work in unity in the Body of Christ.”

Anyone can pack a shoebox, including individuals, families, churches and groups. Due to custom restrictions, this is the first year that toothpaste and all food or candy are not permitted. You can learn how to pack a shoebox, view gift suggestions, and get your Follow Your Box label at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Upcoming drop off dates and times include:

• Monday, November 13th, 1-3 p.m.

• Tuesday, November 14th, 9-11 a.m.

• Wednesday, November 15th, 9-11 a.m.; 5-7 p.m.

• Thursday, November 16th, 1-3 p.m.

• Friday, November 17th, 1-3 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.

• Saturday, November 18th, 1-3 p.m.

• Sunday, November 19th, 1-3 p.m.

• Monday, November 20th, 9-11 a.m.