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Shoeboxes are ready to be filled with donations for the Operation Christmas Child project.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project underway

The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Project is currently underway, with local churches working along with others throughout the nation and Samaritan’s Purse to fill donation boxes destined for children in needy areas this Christmas.

Every year, Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week (Nov. 12-19) takes place the third week in November when nearly 5,000 drop-off locations are open across the country.

According to the Samaritan’s Purse website at https://www.samaritanspurse.org,” Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.”

Desired donations include small toys, jewelry, socks, stuffed animals, school supplies and other items which will become Christmas gifts in countries throughout the world.

According to the website, certain items cannot be accepted. Unacceptable items include candy, toothpaste, gum, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid), liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers and aerosol cans.

This year marks the 25th year for Operation Christmas Child.

Locally, you may drop off boxes at Clear Creek Bible College/Family Life Community Center, 300 Clear Creek Road, Pineville. Hours of operation are: Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 17, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org.