Curbside drop-off sites open for Operation Christmas Child

A child receives his Operation Christmas Child shoebox at Heaven’s Kingdom Christian School in San Lorenzo, Paraguay.

CHESTERTOWN — As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many families are already thinking about Christmas.

For those who are including Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts as part of their holiday, more than 4,000 drop-off sites are now open, according to a news release.

Shoebox gifts prepared by donors and filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies may be dropped off now during National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23.

Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts to children worldwide for more than two decades.

This is a project everyone can still be part of, even with COVID-19 restrictions, the release states. There’s still time for individuals, families and groups to transform empty shoeboxes into gifts. The project partners with local churches around the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children in need, the release states.

“This season, children around the world need a tangible reminder that there is hope and that God loves them,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Through these shoebox gifts packed with special items, children also receive the opportunity to hear about the eternal hope found in Jesus Christ.”

In Kent County, Chestertown Baptist Church, 401 Morgnec Road, is a drop-off location. Shoeboxes can be dropped off from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 and Friday, Nov. 20; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, Nov. 21; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22; and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 178 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories, according to the release. Learn more at www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.

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