Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. Its mission 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 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
Locally, collection sites will be:
• Calvary Baptist Church, 1920 US 22/SR 3, Wilmington — Nov. 12-16, noon-5 p.m.; Nov. 18, noon-6 p.m.; and Nov. 19, 9 a.m.
• Blanchester Church of Christ, 911 Cherry St. — Nov. 12-13, 4-6 p.m.; Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m.; Nov. 15-16, 4-6 p.m.; Nov. 17-18, noon-2 p.m.; and Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-noon.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse, visit www.samaritanspurse.org .