Donations for 'Operation Christmas Child' Now Being Accepted

John Hurst 4 picks out a pencil to put in his Operation Christmas Child shoebox during the packing party at First Baptist Church of Liberty City Saturday

Kyle and Ashley Denys (left and center), along with Virginia Medbery (right), pose with packed and ready shoesboxes during the Operation Christmas Child packing party on Saturday, Nov. 11. You can fill those shoe boxes with filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys.

"It might be the only gift that they ever get, not only just Christmas, but in their whole lives", said Schalick.

"Before filling the boxes, the children are encouraged to ask God to direct them to select the appropriate gifts for each child", Phelps said.

People can drop off Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes between now and November 20.

"The school supplies are a big thing in a lot of countries if you don't have school supplies you can't go to school", said O'Connor.

BOY OR GIRL: Next, decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. "We chose this project because we realize how important it is to give back to those less fortunate".

Forest Home Baptist Church volunteers Helen Hawkins and Vicki Hodges pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child Monday
Spreading joy: Operation Christmas Child collection week under way

She also raises money to ensure she can do so many boxes. "I think our own kids, including my two-year-old, I can't wait to show him on the map where the box goes". "So we encourage people to get involved", added Copeland.

They then ship these gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.

Sheila said volunteers are encouraged to donate a small shipping fee.

The Panhandle alone will collect close to 20,000 boxes.

FOLLOW YOUR BOX: Families can also see where their box is going with a new feature called Follow Your Box.

The boxes will be delivered to children in 104 countries.

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