MADISON CO. KY, November 8, 2019—This month two sites in Madison 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.

Local families, churches and community groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches worldwide to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

This year, local residents hope to reach a multi-county goal of 12,265 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.  “I love being able to see the local communities rally together for a global purpose,” said Kim Jones, area coordinator for the Operation Christmas Child Boonesboro Area Volunteer Team.  “We have individuals, families, churches and groups of all ages working together to support this project.  It’s truly a community effort!”

The local Drop-Off Locations are ready to receive shoebox gifts during the following operation hours:

First United Methodist Church 401 W Main Street Richmond, KY 40475

Mon, Nov. 18: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tue, Nov. 19: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wed, Nov. 20: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Thu, Nov. 21: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fri, Nov. 22: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Sat, Nov. 23: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Sun, Nov. 24: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mon, Nov. 25: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Westside Baptist Church 699 Prince Royal Drive Berea, KY 40403 Mon, Nov. 18: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Tue, Nov. 19: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Wed, Nov. 20: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Thu, Nov. 21: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fri, Nov. 22: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sat, Nov. 23: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Sun, Nov. 24: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Mon, Nov. 25: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM 

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants who would like to donate $9 to help with the shoebox shipping can do so online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to attach to the box lid.

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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